What You Should Know About the Transformative Potential of 4D Printing
- Jan 13, 2020 1:58 pm GMTJan 13, 2020 1:30 pm GMT
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Four-dimensional printing is a brand-new technology that’s still under development, but it may have a transformative potential for industries such as aviation, construction, and—pursuant to this article—the energy sector. Four-dimensional printing provides the ability to self-assemble and even shapeshift objects based on environmental stimuli such as light and temperature.
This new technology combines shape-memory alloy—which in this case is Nitinol, a nickel and titanium alloy that can return to a preconfigured shape after being deformed—and 3D print space. These two things combined may have important ramifications for resource-based industries as well as other industries.