Forget 3D printing, 4D printing has arrived!

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Imagine a world where you don’t have to assemble that Ikea closet yourself… Sounds too good to be true? Not according to Skylar Tibbits. He’s an architect and computer scientist at MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab. He focuses on self-assembly technologies. In other words: objects that make themselves.

Tibbits has spoken about this concept on TED 2013 Februari 25 and announced the world’s first-ever 4-D printer.  A machine that “promises to transform construction and manufacturing by enabling raw materials to self-transform into final structures without any human intervention.”  Think for a moment what this could mean for manufacturing….

 

Image Courtesy of Skylar Tibbits and Arthur Olson

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Pim van Wetten

Curious B2B integrated marketing and social media specialist