4D Printing for new Building Façades Design – Presented by Hiroya Tanaka, Keio University SFC

4D Printing for new Building Façades Design – Presented by Hiroya Tanaka, Keio University SFC at the 3rd edition of 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference, which takes place on 18 April 2018 at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

Wikipedia says that “4D printing” adds the dimension of transformation over time. The printed product reacts with parameters within the environment (humidity, temperature, etc.,) and changes its form accordingly. We think one of killer applications of 4D Printing is Building Façades Design. I will talk about new architectural facades design, which is realized by our original software “Fabrix” and original ‘vertical’ 3D(4D) Printer.

About Hiroya Tanaka
B.A in Integrated Human Studies, Kyoto University (1998). M.A in Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto Universty (2000), Ph.D in Engineering, the University of Tokyo (2003), Lecturer at Keio University (2005), Assitant Professor (2008), Visiting Scholar of MIT School of Architecture (2010).

About Keio University SFC 
One of the oldest private university in Japan.

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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