4D Printing: Shapeshifting Architectures




A team at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS has developed a new microscale printing method to create transformable objects. These “4D-printed” objects go a step beyond 3D printing to incorporate a fourth dimension–time.

The method was inspired by the way plants change shape over time in response to environmental stimuli. This orchid-shaped structure is printed with a hydrogel composite ink containing aligned cellulose fibrils, which enable anisotropic swelling. A proprietary mathematical model developed by the team precisely predicts how the fibrils will swell in water.

After printing, the 4D orchid is immersed in water to activate its shape transformation.
Source: Wyss Institute
Read more: wyss.harvard.edu
4D Printing
3D Printing
3D Bioprinting
3D Printers
4D Printing, Shapeshifting Architectures, Wyss Institute, Harvard SEAS, 4D Orchid, 3D Printing, Futuristic Technology

4D Printing, Shapeshifting Architectures, Wyss Institute, Harvard SEAS, 4D Orchid, 3D Printing, Futuristic Technology

Donate BTC: 1DUUZbiqjbJvzjuRZEwTS47bqgmnhEJ4XG

Donate ETH: 0x981FcEAAa895C6cee76D2876e9AfC649Dc0C4c75

More Posts:

Driven By Joystick, Meant For One Person - Sports Car Of The Future?
Taxi Vs. The Auto Train
Navigation Glasses for Visually Challenged
Open-Water Research With Solar-Powered Mola Robot
Creative Jacket Will Keep You Warm During The Severe Winter Time
Polytron Technologies Unveils Stunning Transparent Smartphone Concept
Novel Genetic Circuits Feature A Long-term Memory
Scallop Microbots Designed To Swim Through Your Bodily Fluids
Sprite Drone
Scientists Turn Tastes On and Off by Manipulating Brain Cells