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Rutgers Engineers 4D Printing Smart MetaMaterials for Industrial Applications

Rutgers Engineers 4D Printing Smart MetaMaterials for Industrial Applications

Written by David

March 25, 2019

Engineers at Rutgers University–New Brunswick are advancing beyond the realm of 3D printing, now fabricating smart materials in 4D that will transform as needed, according to their environment. Such structures could become transforming for numerous high-level applications, with shock-absorbing materials that will change as needed, for use in examples such as: aircraft or drone design for parts like wings that need to self-alter for varying performance, soft robotics meant to perform a wide range of tasks, and tiny, minimally invasive medical implants. Findings regarding this latest research are outlined in ‘ 4D Printing Reconfigurable, Deployable and Mechanically Tunable Metamaterials .’ As the researchers explain, most metamaterials, as exotic and mechanically-tuned as they may be, are composed of fixed properties and are not able to adapt to many of the specific needs that users have today. With so much progressive technology at our fingertips, it really doesn’t seem to be […]

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