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Jeffrey Ian Lipton

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Director of the Center for Digital Fabrication (DFab)

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Adjunct Professor
Computer Science & Engineering


Jeffrey Lipton did his Post-Doc at MIT with Daniela Rus in the Distributed Robotics Lab at CSAIL. He earned his PhD with Hod Lipson at Cornell in the Creative Machines Lab. He was the lead developer for the Fab@Home project, which supported life science, material science and food science researchers’ 3D printing needs on all six habitable continents. His work has influenced two of the largest 3D printing companies in America and garnered media attention from the New York Times, BBC, and others. 


  • Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University
  • B.S. in Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Previous appointments

  • Post-Doctoral Work at MIT CSAIL

Research Statement

I use robots to make novel materials and manufacturing methods, and I use novel materials and manufacturing methods to make robots.

Select publications

  1. J. I. Lipton, R. MacCurdy, Z. Manchester, L. Chin, D. Celluci, and D. Rus, “Handedness in Shearing Auxetics Creates Rigid and Compliant Structures ", Science 360, 632-635 (2018).
  2. J. I. Lipton, and H. Lipson, “3D Printing Variable Stiffness Foams Using Viscous Thread Instability", Nat. Sci. Rep. 6, 29996 (2015).
  3. J. I. Lipton, M. Cutler, F. Nigl D. Cohen, and H. Lipson, “Additive Manufacturing for the Food Industry", Trends in Food Science & Technology 43(1), 114-123 (2015).
  4. L. Chin, J. I. Lipton, M. Yuen, , R. Kramer-Bottiglio, and D.Rus, “Automated Recycling Separation Enabled by Soft Robotic Material Classification (Best Poster Winner)", IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft) , (2019).
  5. J. I. Lipton, A. Schulz, A. Spielberg, L. Trueba, W. Matusik and D. Rus, “Robot Assisted Carpentry for Mass Customization", IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, (2018).
  6. J. I. Lipton, R. MacCurdy, S. Li,and D. Rus, “Printable Programmable Viscoelastic Materials for Robots", IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems , 2628-2635 (2016).
  7. J. I. Lipton, et al, “Fab@Home Model 3: A More Robust, Cost Effective and Accessible Open Hardware Fabrication Platform", International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium 23, 125-135 (2012).