13:4514:00Digital Waiting Room
14:0014:10pieter hermansWelcome and introduction
Pieter Hermans, CEO, Jakajima
14:1014:30Nahin Islam ShibleeMD Nahin Islam Shiblee, Assistant Professor, Yamagata University, Japan, on 'Smart Structures via 4D printing of Hydrogel Materials', Read more
14:3014:50Stefano PandiniStefano Pandini, Assistant professor, Materials Science and Technology Laboratory (MaSTLab), University of Brescia, Italy, on 'Exploiting the temperature-memory effect in 3D printed auxetic structures: from experimental design to analytic simulation', Read more
14:5015:10Bijaya Bikram Samal Bijaya Bikram Samal, PhD Research Scholar, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, on 'Controlled shape changing components using 4D printing technology by fused filament fabrication', Read more
15:1015:30Hiroya TanakaHiroya Tanaka, Professor, Keio University SFC, Japan, on 'creating and making the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic 3D Printing Podium'
15:3015:50Break and digital networking
15:5016:10tiffany chengTiffany Cheng, Research Associate, Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD), Germany, on 'Material programming for 4D-printing', Read more
16:1016:30Charbel Dalely Tawk, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong Dubai, on '3D Printed Soft Robotic Grippers with Integrated Metamaterials'
16:3016:50compositesSuong Van Hoa, Professor / Director, Concordia University, Center for Composites (CONCOM), on 'Development of a new flexible wing concept for unmanned aerial vehicles using corrugated core made by 4D printing of composites', Read more
16:5017:30Round table discussion, digital drinks and networking

If you are interested who were speakers at previous editions, please go to this page.

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:

  1. 4D Printing offers a streamlined path from idea to full functionality.
  2. Mechanical meta materials are structured materials with mechanical properties defined by their structure rather than their composition.
meta materials

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 program will not only cover the academic results but will show how designers and engineers will see future applications and new markets.


  • 4D Printing from idea to full functionality
  • Smart materials / Meta Materials
  • Applications & opportunities for designing and engineering

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