A variable stiffness fiber made of silicone and low melting point alloys quickly becomes >700 times softer and >400 times more deformable when heated above 47 °C. It shows remarkable self-healing properties and can be clamped, knitted, and bonded. For example, it can be used in reconfigurable endoscopic tools, foldable multi-purpose robots and components, variable stiffness wearable devices (i.e. casts for bone injuries), soft actuators, and much more.
We are looking for companies interested in licensing this technology.
Degree of documentation
Very well documented