In 2016, the BMW ‘VISION NEXT 100’ concept car not only amazed motorheads from around the world but also the technology visionaries at MIT’s self-assembly lab, who are renowned for inventing forward-thinking, experimental materials. with the automobile enhancing the almost definite yet still unpredictable autonomous drive abilities, the interior as well as exterior explored a possible future also. both utilized 4D structures that adapted according to function, performance and aesthetics. fast forward two years and, finally, a material has been created that reflects this vision of morphing surfaces, the first 3D-printed inflatable material, thanks to a collaboration between BMW and the self-assembly lab.
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