4-D Printing with MITMIT’s New Self-Assembly Lab Is Building A Paradigm Shift To 4-D Manufacturing Learn More
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In a collaboration between MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab and Stratasys education and R&D departments, a new process called 4D printing is being developed.
As constraints continue to fluctuate, dynamic systems that can respond with ease and agility will be needed. In a unique research collaboration between Stratasys’ Education, R&D departments and MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, a new process is being developed, known as 4D Printing.
With Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology allows the researchers to program different material properties into each particle of the designed geometry and harnesses the different water-absorbing properties of the materials to activate the self-assembly process.
With water as its activation energy, this technique promises new design possibilities with robotic-like behavior without the reliance on complex electro-mechanical devices. This is a radical shift in the understanding of structures, and 4D printing will soon be dynamic, adaptable and tunable for on-demand performance.