The researchers even designed flat structures with locking tabs and slots so the final assembled structures would have some level of stability and usability. So not only are we looking at a future without lengthy assembly instruction manuals, but also one that could be free of those annoying hex wrenches too.
But frustrations over furniture assembly wasn’t the only thing that inspired the researchers to develop this technology. They also hope it can help further new manufacturing and fabrication techniques, and extend the capabilities of 3D printers and the type of structures and objects they can produce. [Chemistry World via PSFK]