The Harvard Monolithic Bee is a millimeter-scale flapping wing robotic insect produced using Printed Circuit MEMS (PC-MEMS) techniques. The video below describes the manufacturing process, including pop-up book inspired assembly.
This work was funded by the NSF, the Wyss Institute, and the ASEE.
Tiras Lin, an undergraduate engineering student at Johns Hopkins University, has used high-speed, high-resolution cameras to gain a new perspective on the mechanics of a painted lady butterfly’s flight patterns.
Information gathered from his research may be used to construct better designs for micro aerial vehicles that could be used by the United States military.