The 4D Printing Society is Content partner of the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference

The 4D Printing Society is a platform focused on available 4D printing technologies for practical solutions for existing needs and researching future methods and materials for use with these technologies.
To clarify: 4D printing is using computerized printing technologies to 3D print objects using specialist materials that change shape, properties, and functions in time when exposed to a specific stimulus.

To work correctly, 4D printed objects need to have a calculated geometry design for a specific stimulus condition, so that the geometry changes can be controlled through the application of the stimulus.
This technical committee will welcome and bring together scientists and engineers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, and will offer a forum for discussion, exploration, promotion, and commercialization of 4D-printed designs and products.

The following organisations are member of the 4D Printing Society:

  • Deakin University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Concordia University
  • University of Wollongong
  • University of Nottinghan
  • Universität Bayreuth
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Kärnten University of Applied Sciences
  • UTEP
  • Zhejiang University
  • SUSTech, Southern University of Science and Technology
  • Brunel University London
  • Indian Institure of Technology Hyderabad
  • HIT
  • Università Di Pavia
  • Università Degli studi di Brescia
  • UTBM, Université de Technology Belfort-Montbéliard
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Université de Bregane Sud
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • UTD, The University of Texas, Dallas

The Society will be strongly involved in the programming of the conference.

For more information about the 4D Printing Society, visit the website.

About the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference
We are at the edge of a new episode, where technological breakthroughs allow us to create, investigate and dream of a total new range of structured forms of matter.

Two fields emerge strongly:

4D Printing offers a streamlined path from idea to full functionality.
With a single, multi-material print, a product or mechanism can be transformed from a 1D strand into any 3D shape, from a 2D surface into 3D shape or morph between different 3D shapes. Such transformations are facilitated by, e.g., heating, light, or swelling in a liquid, and by programming different sensitivity to, e.g., swelling into various parts of the designed geometry. These techniques offer adaptability and dynamic response for structures and systems of all sizes, and promises new possibilities for embedding programmability and simple decision making into non-electronic based materials. Potential applications include; robotics-like behavior without the reliance on complex electro-mechanical devices as well as adaptive products, garments or mechanisms that respond to user-demands and fluctuating environments.

Mechanical metamaterials are structured materials with mechanical properties defined by their structure rather than their composition.
By carefully designing their structure, materials with properties not found in nature, such as negative compressibility (contract when pulled) can be made. Novel developments include the use of elastic instabilities, origami-based materials and programmability, where a single materials function can be changed by pushing. The construction of such materials often relies on forms of (multimaterial) 3D and 4D printing.

Why is this relevant?
These fields offer not only tremendous opportunities for engineers but also for designers as many new applications will arise. Smart materials will solve design/engineering problems, which often arise from limitations of current materials. Applications can range from new materials for shoes and wearables, to applications in robotics and new type of sensors.

The 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference will not only cover the academic results but will show how designers and engineers will see future applications and new markets.

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