3D, 4D printing technology to enable clothing & consumer products that will 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 could change our lives. Throughout 2015 the chosen topics were as diverse as they were cutting edge, including Augmented Knowledge, Better Living Through Data, Infinite Energy, Rethinking Urban Infrastructure, and Robots Among Us. At last week’s MIT’s Technology Review EmTech Brazil, audiences got a taste of what the future of wearable technology and self-assembling consumer products could be. Continue reading “3D, 4D printing technology to enable clothing & consumer products that will think for us (Video)”
4D Technology May Allow Us to Replace Parts of the Body with the Same Material.Four-dimensional manufacturing has created what some argue is the latest wave in industrialisation. Dr Carlo Montemagno, Director of Ingenuity Lab, explains how nanotechnology 2.0 can revolutionise healthcare, manufacturing, and looking after the environment.
The New Economy: Four-dimensional manufacturing has created what some argue is the latest wave in industrialisation.
Here to share insight on how this technology has changed the marketplace, Dr Carlo Montemagno. Continue reading “4D Technology May Allow Us to Replace Parts of the Body with the Same Material (Video)”
Students at TU Delft Use 4D Printing to Make Products with Origami-Like Characteristics that Change over Time.A relatively new development in 3D printing is the addition of a fourth dimension: time. Students at TU Delft used this fourth dimension to print a product with origami-like characteristics that changes over time. They did this by using a 3D printer to print a form on a fabric substrate that is held under tension. Along with eight other projects, including a 3D-printed bicycle frame made of rust-resistant steel and 3D models of heart defects that are used to aid doctor-patient consultations, this project is part of the ‘Advanced Prototyping’ exhibition on 27 October at TU Delft. Continue reading “Students at TU Delft Use 4D Printing to Make Products with Origami-Like Characteristics that Change over Time”
SLA Technology Used for Shaping 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 shapes when an external stimulus, such as heat, is applied. (We’ve written a lot about 4D printing in the past, and you can find a quick, good overview here.) Continue reading “SLA Technology Used for Shaping Memory Polymers for the First Time (Video)”
The Quantum Matter Institute is gearing up to expand with a new building and a new superstar researcher.
Jenny Hoffman left her tenured position at Harvard to join UBC’s physics department and the Quantum Matter Institute as one of the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC). Continue reading “Quantum Matter Institute Prepares to Design Materials”
Smart Memory Materials That Self-Assemble Turn 3D into 4D Printing. 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 pre-set series of movements that would be entirely programmable. We have already seen simple 4D objects transform themselves, but until now more complex self-assembly required multiple types of stimulus that would need to be applied at specific intervals. Continue reading “Smart Memory Materials That Self-Assemble Turn 3D into 4D Printing (Video)”
Metamaterials Focus to 3D Printing Insoles Production”, Presented by Ignacio Garcia. An explanation how to create 3d printing parts, insoles, prosthetics etc, with different hardness and stiffness varying the infill pattern, using the same material, FILAFLEX. How you can do it with a new software calls GENSOLE. Spreading the possibilities of FDM printers. Continue reading ““Metamaterials Focus to 3D Printing Insoles Production”, Presented by Ignacio Garcia, Recreus”
Australian researcher introduces 4D printed biomedical valve.A medical breakthrough in Australia might represent the first big step in a new materials science, 4D printing.
No, that’s not a misprint. You’ve heard of 3D printing – also called “additive” manufacturing – where a device not unlike an inkjet printer builds an object by adding successive layers. It’s been done on everything from polymer-plastic desk toys to metallic alloys for spare parts and even human tissues. Continue reading “Australian researcher introduces 4D printed biomedical valve”
UC Berkeley Researchers Use Metamaterials to Make 3D Objects Disappear. Invisibility cloaks are a staple of science fiction and fantasy, from Star Trek to Harry Potter, but don’t exist in real life, or do they? Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have devised an ultra-thin invisibility “skin” cloak that can conform to the shape of an object and conceal it from detection with visible light. Although this cloak is only microscopic in size, the principles behind the technology should enable it to be scaled-up to conceal macroscopic items as well. Continue reading “UC Berkeley Researchers Use Metamaterials to Make 3D Objects Disappear (Video)”
4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference Adopts the Fuseami Networking app. To improve business networking at the event, “4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference” is pleased to adopt the fuseami Networking app. fuseami is a revolutionary new mobile app to help you to business network smarter. Discover and connect with those other professionals that are most relevant to you at this conference. Continue reading “4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference Adopts the Fuseami Networking app”