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Jiangbo BAI, Guangyu BU. Progress in 4D printing technology[J]. Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Science and Technology , 2022, 2(1): 2022001. doi: 10.51393/j.jamst.2022001
Citation: Jiangbo BAI, Guangyu BU. Progress in 4D printing technology[J]. Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Science and Technology , 2022, 2(1): 2022001. doi: 10.51393/j.jamst.2022001

Progress in 4D printing technology

doi: 10.51393/j.jamst.2022001

This project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51875026) and the National Defense Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. JCKY2019205C002).

  • Received Date: 2021-12-05
  • Accepted Date: 2022-02-08
  • Rev Recd Date: 2022-01-10
  • Publish Date: 2022-02-11
  • Compared with traditional additive manufacturing technology (3D printing), 4D printing technology (four-dimensional printing) increases the time dimension. The structure prepared by 4D printing process can change its shape and configuration with the external environment (i.e. light, heat, magnetism, electricity, etc.), which has a broad application prospect. This paper introduces several typical implementation methods of 4D printing in combination with the typical research results of 4D printing in recent years. The printing materials, design methods, and simulation methods of current 4D printing technology are summarized. Finally, the possible development directions of 4D printing technology and its application prospects in the fields of biomedicine, soft robotics, aerospace, etc. are introduced, and some problems of 4D printing technology are discussed.

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