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TED: Skylar Tibbits: “4D printing”

AMAZING!  Self assembly programmed into physical matter and DNA.

HOW?  Random energy & 3D structure & multi-material programmable matter transforms into new structure = molecular self assembly AKA  “4 D” printing

3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s; TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.

Skylar Tibbits, a TED Fellow, is an artist and computational architect working on “smart” components that can assemble themselves. Full bio »

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