4d printing

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

‘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…

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…

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…

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,…

“It’s Love” 4D Printed Lamp from DC for Life

3D printing and art, as we’ve seen, certainly go hand in hand–and the same can be said for the even newer 4D technology. Objects printed using 4D techniques are able…

A 4D Printed Valve That Actuates According to Water Temperature

It may seem a touch misleading in name, but scientists at the University of Wollongong say they’re creating what they call 4D printing. The fourth dimension they refer to is…

Nervous System Envisions a Future of 4D Printed Structures Which Adapt to the Environment

You may have read the title of this story and thought to yourself, “4D Printing? I’m only just starting to understand what 3D printing is all about.” Well, if you…

Nervous System and Autodesk Debut Second 4D Kinematics Dress at CES 2015

As 3D printing becomes more and more prevalent, discussed, and questioned, one comment you hear often in jest by those just learning about the technology is, “So what’s next? 4D…

MIT, Autodesk & Stratasys are Working With ‘Secret’ Materials to Develop New 4D Printing Applications

3D printing has come a long way since its inception in 1984. Today, we can print amazing things — from toys on home desktop 3D printers to replacement parts for…

Nervous System and Shapeways Team to 4D Print an Incredible Dress in One Single Piece

There are some manufacturing realms which seem resistant, at least for now, to 3D printing solutions. The creation of clothing has yet to truly benefit from 3D printing – that…

MIT Develops a Method for ‘4D Printing’ Programmed Carbon Fiber & Wood

What if you could train or, more precisely, program a material like wood, carbon or rubber to virtually complete the manufacturing process of whatever object it is destined to become?…

What Does The Future Hold For 3D Printing & 4D Printing?

We’re  only halfway through 2014, and countless new breakthroughs have already hit the headlines. From personalised printing to 4D printers, consumers have suddenly been able to buy a bottle of Coca…