An object created by a team of researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and two other institutions is suspended in water after permanently morphing from a flat to a curved shape in response to hot water. | Rob Felt

Shapeshifting Method Uses Heat to Bring 3D Printing Into the Fourth Dimension

With 4D printing, the element of time becomes part of the printing system, resulting in materials that emerge with one shape but then morph into another.

Published On 04/12/2017
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A lattice created by a multi-material 3D printer at Georgia Institute of Technology that can permanently expand to eight times its original width after exposure to heat. | Rob Felt