We are at the edge of a new episode, where technological breakthroughs allow us to create, investigate and dream of a totally new range of structured forms of matter. 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.
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 the limitations of current materials. Applications can range from new materials for shoes and wearables, to applications in robotics and a new type of sensors.
The 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference will not only cover the academic results but will show how designers and engineers will see future applications and new markets. This collaboration shows that the 4D printing & Meta Materials market is maturing. We look forward to working with the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference.