Self-assembly at the macroscopic scale
In this paper, we review half a century of research on the design of systems displaying (physical) self-assembly of macroscopic components. We report on the experience gained in the design of 21 such systems, exhibiting components ranging from passive mechanical parts to mobile robots. we present a taxonomy of the systems and discuss design principles and functions. Finally, we summarize the main achievements and indicate potential directions for future research.
Keywords: Brownian motion ; formation ; growth ; macroscopic ; modular robotics ; self-assembly ; self-propelled ; selfreconfiguration ; self-repair ; self-replication ; taxonomy ; Modular Robotic System ; Reconfigurable Robots ; Reproducing Machines ; Capillary Forces ; Swarm-Bots ; M-Tran ; Design ; Shape ; Docking ; Capabilities
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