Earwig Wings Inspire Researchers to 3D Print Multimaterial, Self-Folding Origami Elements

Many scientists have been inspired by wings, be they bat, bird, or butterfly, in their 3D printing research projects. A team of researchers from ETH Zurich and Purdue University have…

Chinese Researchers Use 4D Printing Technology to Construct Breast Implant for Cancer Patient

I’m not certain about other countries, but breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for women in the US. According to the American Cancer Society, roughly 252,710 new…

Researchers Reverse Engineer the World of Flowers in Biomimetic 4D Printing

3D printing certainly isn’t going out of style—or going anywhere at all—except for perhaps heading onward and upward into another dimension when prescribed. As innovations have continued to evolve into…

New 4D Printed Composite Material is Capable of Complex Movements

By using additive manufacturing technology, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering and Clemson University have developed a new hybrid material that is capable of moving independently…

MIT Researchers 4D Print Soft Tunable Structures, Changing The Surface Texture Based on Pressure

One benefit of 3D printing which we see time and time again, independent of the process of printing being used, is the technology’s ability to help us fabricate new shapes,…


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