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MIT scientists made a shape-shifting material that morphs into a human face

by Jennifer Ouellette, ARSTechnica

New method based on double-curvature effect described by Gauss nearly 200 years ago.

The next big thing in 3D printing just might be so-called “4D materials” that employ the same manufacturing technique but are designed to deform over time in response to changes in the environment, like humidity and temperature. They’re also sometimes known as active origami or shape-morphing systems. MIT scientists successfully created flat structures that can transform into much more complicated structures than had previously been achieved, including a human face. They published their results last fall in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Scientists create 3D-printed objects that can change shape after they’re printed

by John Biggs, TechCrunch

3D printed plastics tend to remain pretty stable over time. For example, your 3D-printed Yoda won’t turn into a Chewbacca head without some severe plastic trauma… until now. Scientists at MIT have created a 3D printing technique that allows you to change the polymers in an object after printing. This means you can grow or shrink and object, change its color, and even change its shape completely. Continue reading Scientists create 3D-printed objects that can change shape after they’re printed