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3D Printing of parts that transform on their own over time.
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Self-Assembly Lab, MIT


The Self-Assembly Lab at MIT is a cross-disciplinary research lab composed of designers, scientists and engineers inventing self-assembly technologies


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4D Printing: Self-Folding 50' Strand



In a collaboration between Stratasys’ Education, R&D departments and MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, a new process is being developed, coined 4D

Printing, which demonstrates a radical shift in rapid-prototyping.


4D Printing entails multi-material prints provided by the Connex Technology with the added capability of embedded transformation from one shape to another, directly off the print-bed.


This revolutionary technique offers a streamlined path from idea to reality with full functionality built directly into the materials. Imagine robotics-like behavior without the reliance on complex electro-mechanical devices!


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4D Printing: Self-Folding Surface Cube



In a collaboration between Stratasys’ Education, R&D departments and MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, a new process is being developed, coined 4D Printing, which demonstrates a radical shift in rapid-prototyping.


4D Printing entails multi-material prints provided by the Connex Technology with the added capability of embedded transformation from one shape to another, directly off the print-bed.


This revolutionary technique offers a streamlined path from idea to reality with full functionality built directly into the materials. Imagine robotics-like behavior without the reliance on complex electro-mechanical devices!



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4D Printing Process: Self-Folding Surfaces



In a collaboration between Stratasys’ Education, R&D departments and MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, a new process is being developed, coined 4D Printing, which demonstrates a radical shift in rapid-prototyping. 4D Printing entails multi-material prints provided by the Connex Technology with the added capability of embedded transformation from one shape to another, directly off the print-bed.


This revolutionary technique offers a streamlined path from idea to reality with full functionality built directly into the materials. Imagine robotics-like behavior without the reliance on complex electro-mechanical devices!


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Self-Folding Sheets: Hyperbolic Paraboloid


The Self-Assembly Lab, MIT Skylar Tibbits, Meng Chen, Noa Flaherty, Candace Chen


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Think 3D printing is cool? Try 4 D



Could buildings one day build themselves?


It sounds unbelievable, but the basic tenants of design are being transformed by advances in materials and production methods that borrow principles from molecular assembly, but at a macro scale.


This is the very real world of Senior TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits, one where “matter programmers” design the characteristics of materials that self-assemble when exposed to water, temperature changes or air.


Join Skylar in a hands-on lab that will introduce designers to the future of additive manufacturing and programmable matter.


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