While we have shown several of these videos before here, there is a great round-up of jaw-dropping proof-of-concept videos for “4D Printing” from Skylar Tibbits’ Self-Assembly Lab at MIT over on the Washington Post Innovations Blog:
The two technological advances have become somewhat popular since MIT lecturer and TED Senior Fellow Skylar Tibbits introduced 4D printing in a February TED talk.
The technology involves 3D printing of a blended material developed by Stratesys Stratasys that, when submerged in water, transitions over time from one shape to another. Tibbits describes the process as “self-reconfiguration.”
“Our products and materials and systems that we interact in the future will adapt to how we use them or adapt to how the environment around them changes,” said Tibbits during a phone interview. Tibbits launched the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!