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What Is 4D Printing? – All You Need to Know

What is 4D printing? How does a 4D printer work? Read our essential guide to learn more about this amazing technology.

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4D Printed Structures Could Improve Space Missions and Biomedical Devices

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology developed tensegrity structures using 3D printers. The 3D printed objects dramatically expand when exposed to heat in a process which is also known as 4D printing.

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Designer Uses 4D Printing to Bring Life and Motion to “Tangible Animations”

Industrial designer Nicole Hone has created a collection of 'Hydrophytes', which are futuristic, aquatic plants that are made with multi-material 4D printing technology.

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MIT Researchers Develop Magnetic 3D Printed Structures which Crawl, Roll, and Jump

With just the wave of a magnet, MIT researchers can control soft 3D printed structures and make them complete a range of movements, such as crawling, rolling up or jumping. The engineers believe this technique could be used for "promising applications" in biomedicine.

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TU Delft Melds 3D Printing and Origami to Produce Self-Folding 3D Structures

Researchers from TU Delft have developed self-folding origami-style 3D structures using sequential shape shifting mechanisms.

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The Future of 3D Printing – Technology on the Horizon

The future of 3D printing is bright, with several high stakes players entering the scene. People are looking to solve some very specific, challenging problems with creative innovations. Here are a handful of them.

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NCSU Researchers Control 3D Printed Mesh Structures with Magnetic Fields

North Carolina State University researchers created flexible 3D printed mesh structures which are controlled by magnetic fields. They can grab objects, carry water droplets, and expand and contract while floating on water.

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MIT Engineers 3D Print Crystals from Billions of Colloids

Engineers from MIT developed a new technique called the direct-write colloidal assembly process. It can build centimeter-high crystals made from billions of individual colloids. They did this by uniting the principles of 3D printing and self-assembly.

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New 4D Printing Method May Revolutionize Tissue Engineering And Drug Delivery

Engineers at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology have developed a 4D printing method which may find application in tissue engineering and targeted drug delivery systems.

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“CurveUps” Are Flat Printed Objects That Transform Into 3D Shapes

Austrian researchers have developed a process to create objects that can self-transform from 2D to 3D without external influence.  

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