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Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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5/31/2016 | 2:23:12 AM
Re: 3D printing advancements
Curt, yes, it's fascinating. Here you can watch a couple of videos about 4D printing. It's a collaboration between Stratasys and the MIT's Self-Assembly Lab. There are lots of interesting industrial applications for this technology. 

A couple of years ago, there was an exhibition at the Design Museum in London on the future of additive manufacturing. There were super interesting prototypes, including a dress. There were also a couple of 3D printers. You could get a demo and detailed explanation about how the process of 3D printing goes, about materials used, and you could 3D print something little if you wished. 

There were lots of school kids who looked really excited. They seemed to be doing some sort of homework there. I was fascinated. Not only for the display of prototypes and stuff but also for realizing that those kids were the engineers and designers of the future who from an early age were experiencing first hand 3D printing first baby steps.

If I would have had more time, I would have loved to talked to them, like I did to a kid who once met at the Museum of Computing History in Cambridge, UK. He loved programming and old computers. Since he lived nearby he was at the museum quite often playing and programming the old machines. They are all functioning and visitors are encouraged to use them. 

-Susan 

 
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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5/31/2016 | 12:38:28 AM
Re: 3D printing advancements
@Susan, I think tht additive manufacturing is on the verge of changing a number of industries. The commercial/industrial systems are entirely different than the consumer/hobbyist machines -- it's truly amazing just how capable the industrial printing systems are becoming.
Susan Fourtané
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5/30/2016 | 3:08:38 PM
3D printing advancements
It's great to see how additive manufacturing is advancing and serving for faster and better prototyping. The multi-material 3D printers have come a long way since the beginning, the same the materials used for 3D printing. Stratasys also partnered some time ago with a team from MIT for 4D projects. That is adding transformability to 3D printing objects. -Susan


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