MIT's 3D-printed inflatables could shape the interiors of the car of future



Car interiors could morph into different configurations at the flick of a switch, using 3D-printed inflatable structures developed by researchers at the MIT.

The Self-Assembly Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) worked with BMW on the project, called Liquid Printed Pneumatics.

The German auto brand wanted to see how the lab’s experimental engineering techniques could help it realise some of the shapeshifting features imagined in its futuristic concept cars.

The result is a stretchy, inflatable silicone prototype that can take on a number of different shapes depending on the level of air pressure inside.

Self-Assembly Lab Team: Bjorn Sparrman, Shokofeh Darbari, Rami Rustom, Maggie Hughes, Schendy Kernizan, Jared Laucks, Skylar Tibbits

BMW Team: Sophie Richter, Akos Stegmar

Commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Music by Lullatone

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