How 4D materials are revolutionizing manufacturing

Shapeshifting shoes? Liquid support columns? Self-forming car seats? MIT’s Batcave in Cambridge is on it, developing groundbreaking new printing processes and programmable materials that could alter the future of manufacturing.

Those are but a few of the futuristic projects that architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits is undertaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Self-Assembly Lab, which he founded and co-directs. What Skylar and his team are researching not only has the potential to redefine our relationship with any number of objects in our day-to-day lives, but it could also fundamentally change the way we approach materials and manufacturing.

 

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Original published: 2019-01-09 11:00:40 Read the full Montreal News here


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