Materials of Controlled Shape and Stiffness with Photocurable Microfluidic Endoskeleton

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Photocurable microfluidic channel networks in thin layers of polydimethylsiloxane can act as on-demand endoskeletons to lock-in specific shapes. The light-induced solidification of photopolymer inside the microchannel networks leads to drastic increases in the elastic and bending moduli of the elastomeric material.

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