• johnschneider89

    It makes sense, and reminds me a little bit of LaserOrigami:


    Great stuff!

    The breakthrough of real applicative import could be when temperature differentials are the trigger variable: print an item in a material that cools slowly, and as it does tensile contractions transmutate the form into the end design.

    For example, 3Dprint a compact framework on a 15x15x15cm output, that unfolds into a much larger frame work. Kind of ‘auto-un-compact-able self-assembly.’

    Dual and triple extruder home 3Dprinters could work well with this: the joints of that facilitate the form change in one material (of the nature that Objet can produce), connected to the frame itself another (Laywoo wood?) and even, on a triple extruder, the potential for adding carbomorph.

    The volumetrics of the print output would be the limiting factor, but the potential for making much larger structures for a small print bed are possibly there?


  • realityinc

    Autobots assemble!

  • fcsuper

    “4d” is a bad name for this, and very unscientific. The concept itself is cool. I can see practical applications.

    • Rachel Park

      Totally agree actually. Having thought about this (at some length) the name is probably wrong for the work itself and for the 3D printing sector. It makes for a great headline, but also for massive confusion.

      Already there are people claiming it is the “next big thing” and comments like “forget 3D printing….” – none of which is going to help anyone! But such is the world we live in. I dare say this will quieten down, at least until it can be applied in a significant way and as ever, it will be all about managing expectations.

      • Atle K

        4D is using “time” as the fourth dimension, the printed device unfolds to something else after it’s completed. I think that’s an awesome concept! It’s very (?) difficult to program something who doesn’t exist right now, but in the future. The design imply that I programs/design a finished printed device while the program figures out (by backtracking) how to print it “uncompleted”. I think that the name of “4D” fits fine. :)

  • Label Printing Services

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