The Yale Faboratory researches new and innovative ways to make things. The natural world is filled with soft, robust, and conformable mechanisms capable of stably and safely interacting with their environment. However, the machines and electronics that we build today are most often constructed from rigid components. In the Yale Faboratory, we build mechanisms and systems that exploit the properties of soft materials, such as extreme deformability and responsiveness to external stimuli.
We're researching new ways to process soft materials that will result in high-throughput and scalable manufacturing techniques to produce soft, functional devices. Our innovations bridge the gap between proof-of-concept prototyping and high-yield manufacturing.
Our goal is to create soft, responsive sensors and actuators by exploiting material properties. We are developing new multi-functional materials that will replace separate linkage & actuator mechanisms and structural components to reduce the complexity of responsive systems.
In contrast to traditional rigid robots, we aim to leverage materials engineering tools and scalable manufacturing insights to develop multifunctional materials for wearable electronics, soft robotics, assistive medical devices, and adaptive architectures.