Engineering Minute

Engineering Minute – Flexible Bandages

Flexible Film For Bandages, Inspired By Paper-Folding Art

Engineers at MIT have developed a thin, lightweight film that can stick to deformable regions of the body, such as the elbow or knee. To make the rubber-like film adhere, the engineers cut slits similar to those made in kirigami paper-folding art. The result is a film that not only stretches, but has a better grip since the slits release tension that would otherwise cause it to peel away. The film has many potential applications from bandages to wearable electronics. Read more about this flexible film at MIT.

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