4D Printing – A Revolution Knocks

Time is changing, so is technology. Gone the days when people were left jaw dropped after watching a human organ or a heavy-duty item is coming out of a tiny machine. It’s real now.

Recently there has been a lot of buzz about 4d printing around. Starting from the prosthetic human organs, completing the life of people who are deprived of one, to easing the daily chores at restaurants and stores. It’s an all-rounder and multi-taser technology. Its a fair deal to call them a member of artificial intelligence robots. All we humans need to do is to feed a particular program along with materials and requirements and sit back, sip coffee and wait. A recent report in the American Chemical Society’s Applied Materials and Interfaces journal explained how researchers at Rice University’s Brown School of Engineering, have created Reactive 4D Printing.

Process

The process uses materials that can be printed, later when they are exposed to changes in electric current, temperature, or pressure, it changes forms. Initially, there was a challenge to find a way to replace, or incorporate the shape-shifting material with the usual, commonly used standard 3D printing materials. A liquid crystal polymer ink was developed for revolutionary 4d printing, that carries unique chemical links at the molecular level. This allows bonding with the non-transforming substances helping to simultaneously support the composition of the initial object, as well as embedding the ability to change the object’s shape based on need or environmental factors.

What’s in Store

Precisely designers need single material to incorporate and turn it into any form. The final and finished product is cured under Ultra Violet light to ensure that materials are properly fused. The next step is to focus on building shapes that can independently support themselves. As soon as this will be sorted and figured out, Reactive 4D Printing could be used to create building materials that will have a stronger threshold to stress. Also, it could be used in soft robotics to be utilized in transportations as well as medical applications.

Is it a Blessing?

Not only that, this facility will hike up the technology to another level but also many tasks will be carried out easily, efficiently, and creatively. There’s a risk of downsizing attached to the invasion of this technology in the market given the chances that machines will replace manpower. This question leads to the entrance of experts in the field and opportunities for traditional workers to stop sweating and to get hands-on effective, smart, and time-saving production.

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  • Urza Omar
  • The writer is a freelance blogger, content, copywriter, and an accredited motivational speaker and trainer.