Category Archives: 4D printing

UK research collaborative uncovers 4D printed potential of cellulose

New research published in Materials & Design journal applies natural materials to 4D printing for truly bioinspired objects. In this development, a team from the University of Bristol and University of Bath, creates a 3D printed ink that harnesses cellulose fibers to transform in response to water. The research is inspired by the natural behavior of pine cones, […]

CityU researchers create novel ink for 4D printed ceramics

Researchers from the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) have developed a novel ink for creating 4D printed ceramics. Containing ceramic nanoparticles and elastic polymers, this ink enables scientists to create transforming objects on a 3D printer.  Leading the research Professor Jian Lu, Vice-President (Research and Technology) and Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, believes that this ink […]

Watch this 3D printed submarine paddle without fuel or electricity

Made entirely out of plastic on a multi-material 3D printer, ETH Zürich’s mini submarine presents a crucial stroke forward for the future of smart devices. The 7.5 centimeter long vehicle is capable of paddling forwards, delivering cargo, and returning to base, all without an engine, propellant, or power supply. An impressive feat combining materials science, computing […]

BMW and MIT reveal Liquid 3D Printed Pneumatics for self-assembling car interiors

Skylar Tibbits, who coined the term 4D printing back in 2013, and his team at MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab have released the details of an ongoing collaboration with car manufacturer BMW. Named Liquid Printed Pneumatics, the project applies the Self-Assembly Lab’s “Rapid Liquid Printing” technique to the development of next generation car interiors, capable of taking […]

3D printed soft robot walks through water and straight to the heart of Rutgers research

From the video showing a new 3D printable material, you would be forgiven for thinking that Rutgers University–New Brunswick researchers have created life. Grabbing, dropping, brushing and walking across the frame, this 3D printed gel demonstrates the lifelike possibilities of soft robotics, and speaks volumes about the future of medtech. Living like the octopus Rutgers’ 3D printed […]

3D printed soft robot walks through water and straight to the heart of Rutgers research

From the video showing a new 3D printable material, you would be forgiven for thinking that Rutgers University–New Brunswick researchers have created life. Grabbing, dropping, brushing and walking across the frame, this 3D printed gel demonstrates the lifelike possibilities of soft robotics, and speaks volumes about the future of medtech. Living like the octopus Rutgers’ 3D printed […]

Concordia 4D printing makes moldless composites faster and cheaper

3D printing composite materials without the use of molds is highly valuable to manufacturers seeking innovative, lightweight and strong components. By cutting out the middle man, businesses can save time and money when delivering products to customers across a broad range of industries. Such methods would, for example, be valuable to the marine industry that […]

3D Printing news Sliced, GE Additive, Sketchfab, FILOALFA and Tecnun

Today’s Sliced answers the questions: what is 4D printing? How does it compare to 3D printing? Will we soon be riding bionic aircraft? All this and more from GE Additive, Sketchfab, FILOALFA and Tecnun. Protecting iconic statues Students are working with Project Regrind to convert plastic water bottles into 3D printing filament. Bottles are ground […]

Rutgers 4D printing makes shapeshifting, drug delivering, soft robots

4D printing is method of 3D printing that allows an object to transform. In many cases, 4D printing has been used as a kind of “origami effect” where a flat, 3D printed net is tuned to fold into a three-dimensional object, such as a tulip. If scaled-up, the method could even make way for self-making flat […]

Iris Van Herpen’s couture 3D printing stars in Paris Fashion Week 2018

3D printed fashions give designers a new means of expressing bold and inspiring looks. This week, the second of three 7 day events in the French capital’s fashion calendar, designers at Paris Fashion Week 2018 are flaunting the latest in Haute Couture. One of a kind and tailor-made, Haute Couture is the perfect platform for […]