4D Printed Self Assembling Shoe, Presented by MIT Researchers. 4D printing takes 3D printing to an entirely different level, essentially enabling the product to assemble itself using materials that respond to a specific stimuli (say, temperature or moisture).
“4D Printing, developed as a collaboration between the Self-Assembly Lab, Stratasys and Autodesk, is a new process for printing customizable smart materials. 4D Printing entails multi-material prints utilizing the Stratasys Connex printer with the added capability of shape-transformation from one state to another, directly off the print-bed. This technique offers a streamlined path from idea to full functionality built directly into the materials, including; actuation, sensing and material logic.” – Self Assembly Lab
MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, directed by Skylar Tibbets, industrial designers Christophe Guberan and Carlo Clopath, created the minimal, ‘active shoe’ by 3D printing extruded plastic, using fused deposition modeling, in specific patterns onto a stretched fabric base. Once the fabric is released from it’s stretched position, it then transforms into a secondary shape. In this case, that shape being a super minimal shoe.