Loading…

Skylar Tibbits:
The emergence of "4D printing"

TED2013 · 8:22 · Filmed Feb 2013
Subtitles available in 26 languages
View interactive transcript
1,863,723 Total views
Your impact
Share this talk and
track your influence!

3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s; TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.

Inventor
Skylar Tibbits, a TED Fellow, is an artist and computational architect working on "smart" components that can assemble themselves. Full bio
This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

Discuss

196 comments

Enthusiastically agree? Respectfully beg to differ? Have your say here.

2000 characters remaining
Please or sign up to add comments.
Sort comments by
There are currently no comments for this talk.