4D printed objects ‘make themselves’ from TED 2013 #3dthursday
Check out this video and then head over to the BBC coverage of an interesting project from TED this year: 3D printing technology to introduce self-assembly into the logic of the materials themselves — thus adding the dimension of time!
Many are only just getting their heads around the idea of 3D printing but scientists at MIT are already working on an upgrade: 4D printing.
At the TED conference in Los Angeles, architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits showed how the process allows objects to self-assemble.
It could be used to install objects in hard-to-reach places such as underground water pipes, he suggested.
It might also herald an age of self-assembling furniture, said experts.
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