4D printing technology enables objects to reassemble themselves over time

A new evolving technology has been put forward by an architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits. Using this concept, printing of such objects would be possible that can reunite themselves with time. Skylar Tibbits, who is also an MIT professor, has termed it as ‘4D printing’ using time as the fourth dimension. This is because printed objects reassemble themselves and take the original shape over a definite period of time.


Tibbits and his team have worked on various such projects. The mutli-material print by Connex Technology imparts embedded capability of transforming shapes. One similar project was made in collaboration with Arthur Olson where a set of module was rotated in a huge container using stochastic rotation and the interaction between the components enabled them to regain their original shape to form a single unit again.

Via: TED

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