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LLNL Researchers Use Direct Ink Writing to 3D Print Silicone Metamaterials with Shape Memory Behavior

LLNL Researchers Use Direct Ink Writing to 3D Print Silicone Metamaterials with Shape Memory Behavior

A research team from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has used a direct ink writing (DIW) process to 3D print property-specific, silicone metamaterials that possess shape memory behavior, which technically makes them 4D printed. LLNL has worked with both 3D printed metamaterials and 4D printing before, but by using a DIW process, the material becomes more […]

A research team from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has used a direct ink writing (DIW) process to 3D print property-specific, silicone metamaterials that possess shape memory behavior, which technically makes them 4D printed. LLNL has worked with both...
3D Printed Self-Healing Gel Could Make Cracked Phone Screens a Thing of the Past

3D Printed Self-Healing Gel Could Make Cracked Phone Screens a Thing of the Past

An inevitable part of owning and using technology is damaging technology. Just about everyone I know has a mobile phone, and just about everyone I know has broken or damaged a mobile phone at one time or another – maybe several times. We all have that one friend or relative who seems to post on […]

An inevitable part of owning and using technology is damaging technology. Just about everyone I know has a mobile phone, and just about everyone I know has broken or damaged a mobile phone at one time or another – maybe several times. We all have that one friend...
3D Pioneers Challenge Winners from Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D. Announced

3D Pioneers Challenge Winners from Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D. Announced

The Rapid.Tech trade show and conference, recently held at Messe Erfurt in Germany, was pretty busy – CRP Technology discussed the construction of the prototype for a 3D printed Parrot Bebop 2 drone, and there was a demonstration of a German RepRap X1000 3D printing a sailboat prototype, while Additive Industries announced a new technology partnership […]

The Rapid.Tech trade show and conference, recently held at Messe Erfurt in Germany, was pretty busy – CRP Technology discussed the construction of the prototype for a 3D printed Parrot Bebop 2 drone, and there was a demonstration of a German RepRap X1000 3D...
Researchers 3D Print Shape-Changing Structures That Expand with Heat

Researchers 3D Print Shape-Changing Structures That Expand with Heat

“Tensegrity” is a term that refers to a structural system of floating rods in compression and cables in continuous tension. It combines the words “tensional integrity,” and has been used as the structural basis for several architectural projects such as the roofs of the Georgia Dome stadium and the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South […]

“Tensegrity” is a term that refers to a structural system of floating rods in compression and cables in continuous tension. It combines the words “tensional integrity,” and has been used as the structural basis for several architectural...
Chinese Researchers Use 4D Printing Technology to Construct Breast Implant for Cancer Patient

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 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in US women in 2017 alone, and it is only surpassed by lung cancer as the leading […]

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 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in US women in 2017 alone, and it is...
ETH Zurich Researchers Develop Load-Bearing 4D Printed Structures

ETH Zurich Researchers Develop Load-Bearing 4D Printed Structures

While 3D printing still seems like magic for some people, the novelty has worn off for others – but I doubt that’s true for many people regarding 4D printing. 3D printed objects that move or change shape in response to stimulus are still incredible to learn about, and the technology just keeps advancing and becoming […]

While 3D printing still seems like magic for some people, the novelty has worn off for others – but I doubt that’s true for many people regarding 4D printing. 3D printed objects that move or change shape in response to stimulus are still incredible to...
Researchers 3D Print Shape-Shifting Objects With New 4D Printing Method

Researchers 3D Print Shape-Shifting Objects With New 4D Printing Method

A flower curls in on itself as though responding to the setting of the sun. A pattern of diamonds expands and contracts like a gate opening and closing. A flat pattern arches into a dome. All of these objects are 3D printed, and yes, they all move and change shape – which makes them 4D […]

A flower curls in on itself as though responding to the setting of the sun. A pattern of diamonds expands and contracts like a gate opening and closing. A flat pattern arches into a dome. All of these objects are 3D printed, and yes, they all move and change shape...
Dartmouth Researchers Use 3D Printing to Create Super-Strong 4D Material

Dartmouth Researchers Use 3D Printing to Create Super-Strong 4D Material

Rotaxanes sounds to me like the latest health craze, as in “This superfood is packed with rotaxanes that will give you beautiful skin/help you lose weight/allow you to live until age 200 with the look of a 20-year-old.” In reality, they’re even better, at least in my opinion – rotaxanes are dumbbell-shaped molecules that are […]

Rotaxanes sounds to me like the latest health craze, as in “This superfood is packed with rotaxanes that will give you beautiful skin/help you lose weight/allow you to live until age 200 with the look of a 20-year-old.” In reality, they’re even...
Harvard SEAS & Wyss Institute Researchers Experiment with Multifunctional Metamaterials

Harvard SEAS & Wyss Institute Researchers Experiment with Multifunctional Metamaterials

While most of us have just gotten used to the wonders of 3D printing, a number of researchers have already moved far beyond that into the realm of the fourth dimension, with materials that are able to morph according to their environment. We’ve reported on this complex new technology from biomimetics to 4D scanning and […]

While most of us have just gotten used to the wonders of 3D printing, a number of researchers have already moved far beyond that into the realm of the fourth dimension, with materials that are able to morph according to their environment. We’ve reported on this...
TPE TopCon: A Look at 16 Top 3D Printing Stories of 2016

TPE TopCon: A Look at 16 Top 3D Printing Stories of 2016

Yesterday in Akron, Ohio was the 12th TPE TopCon event, a conference dedicated to thermoplastics hosted by the Akron Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and the TPE Special Interest Group (SIG) of the SPE. This edition of TPE TopCon was called “Stretching the Performance with TPE’s” as the SPE sought to emphasize the ‘stretch’ […]

Yesterday in Akron, Ohio was the 12th TPE TopCon event, a conference dedicated to thermoplastics hosted by the Akron Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and the TPE Special Interest Group (SIG) of the SPE. This edition of TPE TopCon was...
The Second 3D Printed Nervous System Petal Dress Debuts in Sydney Museum

The Second 3D Printed Nervous System Petal Dress Debuts in Sydney Museum

You’d be amazed at how inspiring it can be to write about the 3D printing industry. As one innovation after another floods in, each usually relevant to a different industry, it’s like having a continual—and completely fascinating—mini-education in every field, from medicine to space travel. And while nothing could be more uplifting than ending the […]

You’d be amazed at how inspiring it can be to write about the 3D printing industry. As one innovation after another floods in, each usually relevant to a different industry, it’s like having a continual—and completely fascinating—mini-education in every field, from...
Researchers Create Microstereolithography for 4D Printing, Potential for Impacts in Medical, Solar & More

Researchers Create Microstereolithography for 4D Printing, Potential for Impacts in Medical, Solar & More

Technology can be confusing when it begins moving at such an accelerated rate, perfectly exemplified by the 3D industry, and encompassing all that goes with it, from 3D scanning to 3D printing and then peripheral industries that are often connected too such as augmented and virtual realities. We’ve barely digested all the stunning innovations making […]

Technology can be confusing when it begins moving at such an accelerated rate, perfectly exemplified by the 3D industry, and encompassing all that goes with it, from 3D scanning to 3D printing and then peripheral industries that are often connected too such as...
4D Printing & Origami Allow LLNL Researchers to Explore Complex Structures for Important Future Applications

4D Printing & Origami Allow LLNL Researchers to Explore Complex Structures for Important Future Applications

Most of us find 3D printing to be incredibly fascinating. From the hardware, software, and materials that allow us to create objects at the desktop to more complex operations in larger industrial settings, this is a technology that few of us have gotten used to yet or even had time to start taking for granted. That’s […]

Most of us find 3D printing to be incredibly fascinating. From the hardware, software, and materials that allow us to create objects at the desktop to more complex operations in larger industrial settings, this is a technology that few of us have gotten used to yet or...
MIT Self-Assembly Lab: Might Your 4D Smartphone One Day Build Itself?

MIT Self-Assembly Lab: Might Your 4D Smartphone One Day Build Itself?

One must wonder what Alexander Graham Bell would think today. While he was credited with the invention of the telephone, it’s hard to decide who to give credit to first for the entire culture that’s been created around this communication device that has certainly evolved in shape and usage. We may have a love/hate relationship […]

One must wonder what Alexander Graham Bell would think today. While he was credited with the invention of the telephone, it’s hard to decide who to give credit to first for the entire culture that’s been created around this communication device that has certainly...
The Reports of 3D Printing's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

The Reports of 3D Printing's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” – Mark Twain   Like most, I revel in the idea of an argument I can win, so when our editor-in-chief asked if I’d like to take on the latest codswallop (yes, she really uses that word) regarding the impending apocalypse of 3D printing, I was all […]

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” – Mark Twain   Like most, I revel in the idea of an argument I can win, so when our editor-in-chief asked if I’d like to take on the latest codswallop (yes, she really uses that word) regarding the impending...
4D Printing and Computed Tomography Scans Used to Enhance Surgical Preparation

4D Printing and Computed Tomography Scans Used to Enhance Surgical Preparation

Earlier this month, thousands of surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Royal College of Surgeons of England gathered into the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for the Annual Scientific Congress, an event centered around a series of workshops, discussions, plenaries, and master classes that cover a wide-range of surgical topics based on […]

Earlier this month, thousands of surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Royal College of Surgeons of England gathered into the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for the Annual Scientific Congress, an event centered around a series of...
Researchers Reverse Engineer the World of Flowers in Biomimetic 4D Printing

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 intuitive, smart materials and products, the terms 4D and 4D printing have been pretty well solidified. This dimension could certainly be described as more fluid […]

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 intuitive, smart materials and products, the terms 4D and 4D...
New 4D Printed Composite Material is Capable of Complex Movements

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 when exposed to heat or light. What makes this 4D printed material unique is the ability to control the amount of heat and light exposure […]

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 when exposed to heat or light. What makes this...
3D and 4D Printing Will Allow Clothing and Consumer Products to Think For Us

3D and 4D Printing Will Allow Clothing and Consumer Products to Think For Us

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is widely considered the epicenter of the world’s technological innovation, and nothing is more on the forefront of the future than the MIT Media Lab. At events all over the world MIT’s Technology Review tries to start global conversations about technologies that matter, the people who make them and how they […]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is widely considered the epicenter of the world’s technological innovation, and nothing is more on the forefront of the future than the MIT Media Lab. At events all over the world MIT’s Technology Review tries to start...
MIT’s New 3D Printed Future Shoe Concept Will Assemble Itself

MIT’s New 3D Printed Future Shoe Concept Will Assemble Itself

Growing up my mother always gave me a simple bit of advice that has not only stuck with me, but has never failed to be accurate. That advice? Never buy cheap shoes. So I take any news of 3D printed shoes with a huge grain of salt, and I’ve never seen an entirely 3D printed […]

Growing up my mother always gave me a simple bit of advice that has not only stuck with me, but has never failed to be accurate. That advice? Never buy cheap shoes. So I take any news of 3D printed shoes with a huge grain of salt, and I’ve never seen an entirely 3D...
Researchers Use SLA Technology for Shape Memory Polymers for the First Time

Researchers Use SLA Technology for Shape Memory Polymers for the First Time

While 3D printing is currently poised at the forefront of technology, 4D printing is nipping right at its heels. This next dimension in fabrication is really just 3D printing accentuated with the use of smart materials such as shape memory polymers (SMPs) that can be reformed into new shapes, and then counted on to revert back to their original […]

While 3D printing is currently poised at the forefront of technology, 4D printing is nipping right at its heels. This next dimension in fabrication is really just 3D printing accentuated with the use of smart materials such as shape memory polymers (SMPs) that can be...
3D Printing Goes 4D with Smart Memory Materials That Self-Assemble

3D Printing Goes 4D with Smart Memory Materials That Self-Assemble

The concept of 4D printing, a term coined by Skylar Tibbits in his 2013 Ted Talk, was developed to create materials that could be manufactured or assembled in one configuration and then alter themselves by self-assembling into a second programmable configuration. The transformation could be controlled using smart materials that alter themselves based on a […]

The concept of 4D printing, a term coined by Skylar Tibbits in his 2013 Ted Talk, was developed to create materials that could be manufactured or assembled in one configuration and then alter themselves by self-assembling into a second programmable configuration. The...
'Designers, Makers, and Users: 3D Printing the Future' Exhibit Opens at Museum of Design Atlanta

'Designers, Makers, and Users: 3D Printing the Future' Exhibit Opens at Museum of Design Atlanta

The museum once known as the Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design changed its name in 2003 to the Museum of Design Atlanta, allowing itself the clever acronym of MODA (which means ‘fashion’ in several romance languages). In keeping with their eagle eye on the fashionable, they are hosting an exhibit to celebrate the […]

The museum once known as the Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design changed its name in 2003 to the Museum of Design Atlanta, allowing itself the clever acronym of MODA (which means ‘fashion’ in several romance languages). In keeping with their...
Where is the 4D Printing Market Headed? -- Report Says $555.6M Annually by 2025

Where is the 4D Printing Market Headed? -- Report Says $555.6M Annually by 2025

It’s called 4D printing, and it represents a radical shift in rapid prototyping where multi-material capable prints make use of embedded design to transform from one shape to another via functionality which is built directly into the materials themselves. At the forefront of the technology is Skylar Tibbits, the founder of the Self-Assembly Lab at […]

It’s called 4D printing, and it represents a radical shift in rapid prototyping where multi-material capable prints make use of embedded design to transform from one shape to another via functionality which is built directly into the materials themselves. At the...
4D Printing on The Nanoscale -- Northwestern’s IIN Receives $8.5 Million Grant

4D Printing on The Nanoscale -- Northwestern’s IIN Receives $8.5 Million Grant

As 3D printing has barely slid into the category of being considered a new normal, some scientists and researchers are already living in the world of 4D. You may have noticed that there’s a lot of nano-talk lately, as in nanoparticles, nanotechnology, and even nanolithography. And it’s not going to stop anytime soon–especially not at […]

As 3D printing has barely slid into the category of being considered a new normal, some scientists and researchers are already living in the world of 4D. You may have noticed that there’s a lot of nano-talk lately, as in nanoparticles, nanotechnology, and even...

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