16 Jan '15, 8pm

3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: New Materials & Processes #3DPrinting #4DPrinting

A growing though not-so-obvious role for 3D printing (3DP), 4D printing (4DP), and overall additive manufacturing (AM) is their use in fabricating new materials and enabling new or improved manufacturing and assembly processes. The often-cited design freedom that comes with AM techniques, plus some recent patent expirations, lets individual engineers, OEMs, university labs, and others reinvent the technology to suit their own needs. This democratization of processes, materials, hardware, and software is broadening what's available beyond traditional, proprietary 3DP provider-specific silos and expanding it into something resembling a real design ecosystem. Enabling technology for new materials development 3D printing isn't just for making stuff. It's also enabling the development of new materials -- including metamaterials that don't exist in nature -- tailored to do speci...

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