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Revolutionizing Material Form and Control with MIT

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.

How it Works

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.

Future Applications

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.

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3D Printing Now and Beyond

3D printing has evolved from emerging technology to the point where it’s revolutionizing manufacturing, from aerospace to automotive, education to medical. Explore this evolution and how 3D printing is unleashing design creativity in this white paper.

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