A key aspect of color change is altering perceived value or intensity. This paper presents a methodology to achieve value change through mechanical means via the deflection of bistable structures. We create mechanical pixel-based, reversible color change using 3D printed switchable bistability. Switchable bistability arises from the combination of pre-strain and shape memory, enabling us to access multiple elastically programmed shapes at elevated temperatures with fast morphing and low actuation forces, while retaining high stiffness at room temperature. Building on our previous study that achieved bistability through FDM printing with directional pre-stress, finite element analysis is conducted to design a pixel-like structure that acts as a unit cell with color change capabilities. Quantitative and qualitative analysis is conducted through image processing techniques in order to prove the viability of this approach to creating value change through geometric deformation of bistable structures. By leveraging this technique, there are numerous potential applications in fields including robotics, architecture, and interior design.

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