From the video description: 

The Harvard Monolithic Bee is a millimeter-scale flapping wing robotic insect produced using Printed Circuit MEMS (PC-MEMS) techniques. This video describes the manufacturing process, including pop-up book inspired assembly. This work was funded by the NSF, the Wyss Institute, and the ASEE. Music: D-Song by Bonobo

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Comment by Geoffrey L. Barrows on December 1, 2011 at 5:28pm

There are some pretty fascinating results coming out of that project.

Comment by Randy on December 1, 2011 at 5:33pm



I'd rather do it with a 3d printer capable of using multiple materials but I guess this is the best way such printers actually exist.

Comment by Harry Lister on December 1, 2011 at 7:56pm


How about print a structure onto photosensitive polymer and for artificial muscle coat an electroactive polymer.  I read something about that recently where they printed a polymer and the advantage is nano tube structure that is light and super strong.  I suppose the possibilities are endless.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 2, 2011 at 12:37am

All this work makes everything look bloated and overweight. If you fail to get excited about UAS development then you can't have an imagination. Amazing stuff.

Comment by iangl on December 2, 2011 at 5:35am

Impressive. But what if nature makes flies grow "down to up" while we build "up to down" a micro robot creature? How primitive we are...

Comment by iangl on December 2, 2011 at 5:37am

Does it even fly?

Comment by Harry Lister on December 2, 2011 at 10:32am

RC Cyborg

This has as much practical promise.  Just link up with what nature already built. :)

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Comment by Julian on December 2, 2011 at 2:46pm

Def does not fly, it appears as though it was just a proof of concept for an alternative method of fabrication for micro structures  interesting enough, buttttttt, it doesnt work, yet at least


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