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Examples of Craig Lusk's "shape-shifting surfaces" (courtesy Katy Hennig, USF News)
Flexible Technology
What looks like a child’s toy is actually a shape-shifting device that may change how things work in the future. University Beat on WUSF TV introduces you to a USF Engineering Professor who uses polymer, lasers and geometry to create devices that might just change how we protect both people and the environment.

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USF Engineering Prof. Craig Lusk holds one of his "shape-shifting surfaces" (courtesy Katy Hennig, USF News)
Flexible Technology

A single sheet of polymer may not seem like it has a lot of uses. But when a USF professor takes geometry and use lasers to cut precise pieces, pins them together and then adds pins and springs to make them move, he creates something called “compliant mechanisms.” On this week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7, we’ll explain some of the many possibilities for these dynamic shape shifters, ranging from lightweight armor to oil spill stoppers.

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USF Mechanical Engineering Assoc. Prof. Craig Lusk explains how his shape-shifting surfaces may end up as part of a safer, more flexible form of body armor that can protect law enforcement or the military.

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Craig Lusk, Assoc. Professor,
USF Department of Mechanical Engineering
813-974-1394 clusk2@usf.edu

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