Self-Assembly Lab

A cross-disciplinary research lab at MIT inventing self-assembly and programmable material technologies aimed at reimagining construction, manufacturing, product assembly and performance.

Self-Assembly is a process by which disordered parts build an ordered structure through local interaction. We have demonstrated that this phenomenon is scale-independent and can be utilized for self-constructing and manufacturing systems at nearly every scale. We have also identified the key ingredients for self-assembly as a simple set of responsive building blocks, energy and interactions that can be designed within nearly every material and machining process available. Self-assembly promises to enable breakthroughs across every applications of biology, material science, software, robotics, manufacturing, transportation, infrastructure, construction, the arts, and even space exploration. The Self-Assembly Lab is working with academic, commercial, nonprofit, and government partners, collaborators, and sponsors to make our self-assembling future a reality.

For more information, please contact us at info at selfassemblylab.net

Active Shoes
London Design Museum 2015

Rock Printing
Chicago Architecture Biennale 2015

Aerial Assemblies
MIT 2015

Programmable Materials
MIT 2014

Fluid Crystallization
MIT 2013

4D Printing
MIT 2013