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4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference

Oct 6, 2015

At the Edge of New Forms, Structures and Materials

Making and utilizing new materials to improve our life is a defining feature of mankind. We moved on from the stone age, to the bronze age, to the age of silicon and plastic. Now we are at the edge of a new episode, where technological breakthroughs allow us to create, investigate and dream of a total new range of structured forms of matter.

4D Printing: Leading the Way to New Applications

Two fields emerge strongly:

1) 4D Printing offers a streamlined path from idea to full functionality.
2) Mechanical metamaterials are structured materials with mechanical properties defined by their structure rather than their composition.

These are highly promising disciplines which develop in a synergistic manner, and which aim at creating entirely new forms of matter, which will lead to applications that have not yet been conceived.

Incredible mechanically programmable metamaterial.

Why is this relevant?

These fields offer not only tremendous opportunities for engineers but also for designers as many new applications will arise. Smart materials will solve design/engineering problems, which often arise from limitations of current materials. Applications can range from new materials for lighting and printing, to applications in robotics and new type of sensors.

4D Printing for Future Design & Engineering

The 4D printing conference will not only cover the academic results but will show how designers and engineers will see future applications and new markets.

Who should attend?

The conference is recommended to engineers, designers, materials researchers, material producers and academics working in the field of lighting research and technology and beyond.


Oct 6, 2015
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AMOLF, Amsterdam Science Park
Amsterdam, 1098 Netherlands
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