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Joselle McCracken1 Timothy White1

1, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wpafb, Ohio, United States

Liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs) have distinctive material properties attributable to their anisotropy. Localizing the orientation of these materials via surface alignment has opened up new opportunities for these materials as componentless actuators or programmable elastomers. Here, we report on initial research focused on the printing of these materials to prepare 3-d structures. Notably, this work focuses on polymerizations derived from diglycidyl ether (2GE) moieties to form novel LCE materials. Employing two-photon methods (Nanoscribe), we realize the fabrication of nanostructured elements and examine their stimuli response. Large scale objects, prepared by various additive techniques, will also be discussed.

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