Complex shapes can prove difficult to cover with materials like leather, plastic and metal. These inextensible materials prove difficult to stretch and nearly impossible to use to cover complex shapes unless they are cut.

To solve this researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Hull, have developed an algorithm that cuts patterned holes into inextensible materials with some flexibility that allows the materials to cover complex shapes.

Watch the video above to see how it works.

Source, image and video credit: EPFL