3D and 4D printing of edible and living hydrogel materials – Presented by Marc in het Panhuis, University of Wollongong

3D and 4D printing of edible and living hydrogel materials – Presented by Marc in het Panhuis, University of Wollongong, at the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference, on April 18, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

Hydrogels are smart and multifunctional materials with a real potential for use novel applications including soft robotics, (edible) sensors and bionic implants. Consisting of a highly swollen polymer network, hydrogels are typically soft and brittle meaning they are not compatible with many traditional techniques used to process materials into structures.

In this presentation, I will demonstrate a variety of (extrusion-based) 3D and 4D printing techniques for processing hydrogel inks alongside other inks of structural polymers to create composite architectures including a smart valve, an artificial cartilage meniscus, an artificial tendon, brain-like structures, edible electronic circuits, stretchable devices and edible/living hydrogels.

About Marc in het Panhuis
Marc in het Panhuis is from Grevenbicht (Limburg, the Netherlands). He is a chemical engineer (Ingenieur, University of Twente, the Netherlands) and a physicist (PhD, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland).

At present, he 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). His research activities are focused on tough hydrogels, Additive Manufacturing (3D/4D printing), edible/living electronics, soft robotics and 3D printed fins/surfboards for surfing. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry B.

About University of Wollongong
University of Wollongong is a research-intensive university with an outstanding reputation for its learning environments across a broad range of disciplines.

Our commitment to our students is evident in our graduates, who are recognised for their capability, quality and success in the global workplace.

UOW is an international network of campuses and regional learning centres.

We value our research capacity to work on complex interdisciplinary problems. Our spirit of inquiry drives our research and learning environments and our objective of earning a place in the top 1% of the world’s universities.

4D Printing ConferenceAbout the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference
The 3rd edition of the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference will take place on April 18, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands. At the same location, on April 17, 2018, the 3D Printing Materials Conference and the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference will be held.

Making and utilizing new materials to improve our life is a defining feature of mankind. We moved on from the stone age, to the bronze age, to the age of silicon and plastic. Now 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 metamaterials are structured materials with mechanical properties defined by their structure rather than their composition.

These are highly promising disciplines which develop in a synergistic manner, and which aim at creating entirely new forms of matter, which will lead to applications that have not yet been conceived.

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.

Who should attend? Engineers; Designers; Material researchers; Material producers; Academics; anyone who sees potential in 4D Printing and Meta Materials

Day 1: April 17, 2018 Day 2: April 18, 2018
3D Printing Materials Conference 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference 4D Printing & Meta Materials Farming Conference
Polymers (New materials)
Application of polymers in 3D Printing (from standard to high quality / high risk)
Multi material 3D Printing
3D design & 3D engineering tools / Visualisation tools
Value Engineering / Virtual Engineering
Topology Optimization
Reverse engineering
Postprocessing / AMES (Additive Manufacturing Execution Systems) / (MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems)
4D Printing from idea to full functionality
Smart materials
Applications & opportunities for designing and engineering
New materials for shoes and wearables
Applications in robotics
New type of sensors.


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