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How iridescent animals are leading the way to smart sensors.

The 4D-printed beetle that changes color when it gets wetter

4-D printing is taking conventional 3-D printing and adding a time factor into the process. Certain materials that are compatible with biological systems expand, contract, bend, or straighten into calculated shapes when introduced to an external energy stimulus.

4D Printing: The Bio Revolution

Skylar Tibbits makes materials that water, heat, or mechanical forces can alter into new shapes.

Transformation by design

In Paolo Ermanni’s laboratory at the ETH in Zurich, the composite materials of the future are developed. By optimizing the core elements of sandwich structures, the researchers create materials that are extremely light, robust and adaptable at once – and thus ideal for aerospace applications.

Materials of the future

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