Design at the intersection of smart materials and 3D printing – Presented by Peter Walters, University of the West of England

Design at the intersection of smart materials and 3D printing – Presented by Peter Walters, Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol at the 2nd edition 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference, which takes place on 1 February 2017 at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

This presentation will show practical examples of research into the application of smart shape-changing materials and 3D printing technologies, undertaken at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. Research takes place through creative collaboration between specialists in disciplines including design, robotics and 3D printing.  Practical projects to be presented will include the development of a tentacle-like “smart puppet” with flex sensor based controller. Methods and materials used will be discussed, along with future expectations and implications of smart materials and 3D printing within creative design.

About Peter Walters
Peter Walters is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He teaches on the new, interdisciplinary Masters in Design at UWE. His academic and professional background is in Industrial Design and he enjoys regularly collaborating with specialists in other disciplines including engineering, robotics and fine art.

About Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol
The Centre for Fine Print Research is internationally acclaimed for its research into cutting-edge printmaking and print technologies within the creative arts and design. The Centre has a strong interdisciplinary ethos, undertaking practical research which brings together specialists in academia and industry.

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