The study that would become a media sensation started innocently enough. It was about ten years ago, when a 4-year-old naively asked her father, “Why do shoelaces come untied?” and said father, who happens to be Oliver M. O’Reilly, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, couldn’t come up with a good explanation, even after watching myriad YouTube tutorials. “It seemed like a great mechanics problem and no one had solved it.”
Is there any technology trendier than 3-D printers? Applications real or planned include pizzas (prototype pizzeria printers use cartridges filled with food-like powder) and heart valves—which is convenient, because if you eat many of those printed pizzas, you’ll likely need that valve, stat.
Posted on March 11, 2014 - 10:55am