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Title: Self-erecting shapes

Technologies for making self-erecting structures are described herein. An exemplary self-erecting structure comprises a plurality of shape-memory members that connect two or more hub components. When forces are applied to the self-erecting structure, the shape-memory members can deform, and when the forces are removed the shape-memory members can return to their original pre-deformation shape, allowing the self-erecting structure to return to its own original shape under its own power. A shape of the self-erecting structure depends on a spatial orientation of the hub components, and a relative orientation of the shape-memory members, which in turn depends on an orientation of joining of the shape-memory members with the hub components.
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National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC SNL-A
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Patent File Date: 2016 May 16
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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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United States

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