Researchers simplify tiny structures’ construction drip by drip

(Princeton University, Engineering School) Princeton researchers explore methods of using carefully controlled droplets as a way to make soft, biomimetic structures. The trick comes in controlling the droplets, which form under competing influences like gravity and surface tension. A new study, published Oct. 26 in Nature Communications, explains how a deeper understanding of these highly dynamic forces can be harnessed to cheaply and quickly fabricate objects that normally require a more expensive and time-consuming process.