Programmable mechanical metamaterials – Presented by Matthew Berwind, Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials

Matthew Berwind

Programmable mechanical metamaterials – Presented by Matthew Berwind, Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials at the 3rd edition of 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference, which takes place on 18 April 2018 at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

The fundamental problem of how structure scales and size-dependently impacts materials has occupied humanity for centuries. Modern manufacturing techniques now allow us to investigate this basic question with incredible freedom, and rational design approaches to the structuring of materials have led to metamaterials with unique physical properties. A scale-bridging understanding of how structure defines such a metamaterial independent of its base composition is necessary for this rational design process to be successful. Herein we examine metamaterials with a view spanning their internal ‘mechanisms’, the unit cell, its connectors, and finally the resultant matrix with its hierarchically subordinate components. Some recent efforts in the development of programmable mechanical metamaterials, or designed materials that respond to external stimuli in a discrete and ideally reversible fashion, will be presented that rely on a clear understanding of rational hierarchical design approaches. Continue reading “Programmable mechanical metamaterials – Presented by Matthew Berwind, Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials”

FIFDM: 3D Printing with Continuous Fiber Reinforcement – Presented by Jens Schlimbach, The Institute for Composite Materials (IVW)

Program Jens Schlimbach

FIFDM: 3D Printing with Continuous Fiber Reinforcement – Presented by Jens Schlimbach, The Institute for Composite Materials (IVW), at the 3rd edition of 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference, which takes place on 18 April 2018 at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

The presentation shows practical examples of research into the application of 3D printing technologies with continuous fiber reinforcement – the 4th dimension. The FIFDM process is a technology developed at the Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe at Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Research combines disciplines including design, material science and manufacturing know-how like robotics and 3D printing. The technology opens new possibilities like free placement or load-specific orientation of the fibers overcoming the limitation of in-plane layup. Methods and materials used will be discussed, along with future expectations and implications of smart materials and 3D printing within creative design potential. Continue reading “FIFDM: 3D Printing with Continuous Fiber Reinforcement – Presented by Jens Schlimbach, The Institute for Composite Materials (IVW)”

4D Printing for new Building Façades Design – Presented by Hiroya Tanaka, Keio University SFC

Hiroya Tanaka

4D Printing for new Building Façades Design – Presented by Hiroya Tanaka, Keio University SFC at the 3rd edition of 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference, which takes place on 18 April 2018 at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

Wikipedia says that “4D printing” adds the dimension of transformation over time. The printed product reacts with parameters within the environment (humidity, temperature, etc.,) and changes its form accordingly. We think one of killer applications of 4D Printing is Building Façades Design. I will talk about new architectural facades design, which is realized by our original software “Fabrix” and original ‘vertical’ 3D(4D) Printer.

About Hiroya Tanaka
B.A in Integrated Human Studies, Kyoto University (1998). M.A in Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto Universty (2000), Ph.D in Engineering, the University of Tokyo (2003), Lecturer at Keio University (2005), Assitant Professor (2008), Visiting Scholar of MIT School of Architecture (2010).

About Keio University SFC 
One of the oldest private university in Japan. Continue reading “4D Printing for new Building Façades Design – Presented by Hiroya Tanaka, Keio University SFC”

Novel mathematical approach pushes innovation in 4D printing

Novel mathematical

Novel mathematical approach pushes innovation in 4D printing

Recent advances in digital factory science make it possible to print more compliant objects across a wider range of length-scales than conventional engineering processes. A bottleneck for enabling the next technological progress resides in filling the gap in the comprehension of the unprecedented degree of complexity dominating this novel technology.

Mathematics plays a pivotal role in this contemporary industrial revolution: a study recently published by Nature Communications solves a problem of utmost importance for the development of 4d printing, i.e. the possibility to fabricate objects with a programmable shape over time. Professor Pasquale Ciarletta at the MOX Laboratory, Department of Mathematics, Politecnico di Milano, has provided fundamental insights into controlling the sudden nucleation of localised furrows, also known as creases, in soft solids. Continue reading “Novel mathematical approach pushes innovation in 4D printing”

4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference welcomes SpecialChem as Media Partner

SpecialChem

4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference welcomes SpecialChem as Media Partner. The event takes place on 18 April 2018 at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen, The Netherlands.

About SpecialChem
SpecialChem is the Universal Selection Source for chemicals and materials. We help formulators, specifiers, and suppliers of chemicals and materials to connect, to innovate, and to accelerate both their technology and business. Over the past 18 years, the company has built an online profiled network of more than 500,000 members and has over 3 million visitors per year to its five technical websites including Polymer Additives; Plastics & Elastomers; Paints, Coatings & Inks; Adhesives & Sealants; and Cosmetics & Personal Care Ingredients. Because of these unique assets, SpecialChem offers digital marketing services to chemicals and materials suppliers to help them explore new markets and validate new products or raise awareness, educate a market, and engage new customers. Each of the technical websites offers a Universal Selector™ aimed at providing technical data on every material or ingredient in the world in order to search, analyze and compare them, as well as the expert knowledge to select them. https://www.specialchem.com Continue reading “4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference welcomes SpecialChem as Media Partner”

4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference welcomes 3D Print Magazine as Media Partner

3D Print Magazine

4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference welcomes 3D Print Magazine as Media Partner. The event takes place on 8 April 2018 at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen, The Netherlands

About 3D Print Magazine
3D Print magazine is a publication of Made-in-Europe and 54u Media.

In addition to this website, there is also a quarterly magazine, specifically aimed at the manufacturing industry in the Benelux. Continue reading “4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference welcomes 3D Print Magazine as Media Partner”

4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference welcomes Flam3D as Media Partner

Flam3D

4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference welcomes Flam3D as Media Partner

About Flam3D
3D printing or ‘additive manufacturing’ is a collection of technologies that make up a product (‘printed’) from a base stock, usually layer per layer. New markets are emerging as the production rates increase and more potential raw materials get developed. It is widely accepted that 3D printing will have a major impact on the way goods are produced and transported. The technology also offers huge opportunities for sustainable production.

Also interested in 3D-printing for your company? Contact us for more information. Continue reading “4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference welcomes Flam3D as Media Partner”

Changing robot capabilities by using self-folding origami “exoskeletons” (video)

self-folding origami

Changing robot capabilities by using self-folding origami “exoskeletons”

From butterflies that sprout wings to hermit crabs that switch their shells, many animals must adapt their exterior features in order to survive. While humans don’t undergo that kind of metamorphosis, we often try to create functional objects that are similarly adaptive — including our robots.

Despite what you might have seen in “Transformers” movies, though, today’s robots are still pretty inflexible. Each of their parts usually has a fixed structure and a single defined purpose, making it difficult for them to perform a wide variety of actions.

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are aiming to change that with a new shape-shifting robot that’s something of a superhero: It can transform itself with different “outfits” that allow it to perform different tasks. Continue reading “Changing robot capabilities by using self-folding origami “exoskeletons” (video)”

Brightlands Chemelot Campus is Hosting Partner of 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference

Brightlands Chemelot Campus

Brightlands Chemelot Campus is Hosting Partner of 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference, which will take place on April 18, 2018.

About Brightlands Chemelot Campus
Smart and Sustainable

Brightlands Chemelot Campus is one of the eight National Science and Innovation Parks in The Netherlands. Since 2012, the campus development is executed by a consortium of three parties: Royal DSM, the Province of Limburg and Maastricht University. In Sittard-Geleen advanced educational institutes and research institutes have been set up. Existing and new companies have developed, expanded or moved their activities to the campus. The Brightlands Innovation Factory was set up to stimulate entrepreneurship at Brightlands. Continue reading “Brightlands Chemelot Campus is Hosting Partner of 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference”

3D Printing coupled with right materials can impact on solving real-world problems – Interview with Marc in het Panhuis, University of Wollongong

Marc in het Panhuis

3D Printing coupled with right materials can impact on solving real-world problems – Marc in het Panhuis, University of Wollongong, Australia

Marc in het Panhuis is a Professor of Materials Science in the School of Chemistry and a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong (Australia). He will speak about 3D and 4D printing of edible and living hydrogel materials at the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference, on April 18, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

What drives you?

Curiosity to know and understand the world around me.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run? Continue reading “3D Printing coupled with right materials can impact on solving real-world problems – Interview with Marc in het Panhuis, University of Wollongong”