4D Printing: Shapeshifting Architectures

March 29, 2016By Stephanie Lenne3D Printing, Biodesign, New Materials No Comments

A team at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS has developed a new microscale printing method to create transformable objects. These “4D-printed” objects go a step beyond 3D printing to incorporate a fourth dimension–time. The method was inspired by the way plants change shape over time in response to environmental stimuli. This orchid-shaped structure is … Read More

Using computer algorithms in design is like “sculpting with a new material”

December 28, 2015By Alessandro CarabiniComputational Design, Digital Manufacturing, New Materials No Comments

Alessandro Zomparelli of Italian design studio MHOX, which produces customised 3D-printed fashion accessories, says designing with computer algorithms is like exploring a new material. “It’s exciting to be a designer today, because we have digital tools that allow us to create something incredible,” Zomparelli says in the the movie, which was filmed by Dezeen at … Read More