Executive Briefings

Move Over, 3D Printing - 4D Printing Is About to Shake Up Manufacturing

If you haven't yet gotten used to the idea that 3D printing is playing an important role in the supply chain, you'd better hurry up. 4D printing is about to change today's manufacturing by adding transformation capabilities to 3D-printed objects on an industrial scale.

Self-assembly, replication, self-repair and self-adaptation will change design, and the creative process that gives life to components, giving birth to a new era in the manufacturing world. 3D printing will no longer be a component's end-of-life. On the contrary, it will be just the beginning.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Self-Assembly Lab director Skylar Tibbits, a trained architect, designer and computer scientist, has been working in collaboration with Stratasys and Autodesk to develop smart components that after being 3D printed can reconfigure themselves without the assistance of a human being.

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Keywords: 3D printing in manufacturing, manufacturing innovation, MIT Self-Assembly Lab, supply chain, supply chain management, supply chain management IT

Self-assembly, replication, self-repair and self-adaptation will change design, and the creative process that gives life to components, giving birth to a new era in the manufacturing world. 3D printing will no longer be a component's end-of-life. On the contrary, it will be just the beginning.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Self-Assembly Lab director Skylar Tibbits, a trained architect, designer and computer scientist, has been working in collaboration with Stratasys and Autodesk to develop smart components that after being 3D printed can reconfigure themselves without the assistance of a human being.

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Keywords: 3D printing in manufacturing, manufacturing innovation, MIT Self-Assembly Lab, supply chain, supply chain management, supply chain management IT