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Is 4D printing a disruptive or Innovative technology?

The aerospace, defence, automotive and healthcare industries will lead the adoption of four dimensional printing technology, which is poised to have a disruptive effect in multiple industries by printing objects ranging from human organs to parts used in aircraft and vehicles, according to Frost & Sullivan.

Four-dimensional (4-D) printing develops materials that alter their properties and behaviours based on external stimuli such as changes in temperature. “4-D printing, an extension of three-dimensional printing, is superior to conventional manufacturing techniques in terms of performance, efficiency and quality, and can create new products with increased capabilities,” noted Frost & Sullivan Technical Insights Research Analyst Jithendranath Rabindranath. “Unlike conventional manufacturing techniques, it facilitates self-assembly of materials required to manufacture parts and products, thereby speeding up the process and reducing the need for labour.”

 

Are you ready for 4D printing? It’s early, but it appears to be on its way. But is it a new disruptive technology or an innovative technolgy based on an already disruptive technology. My guess is the latter. After reading the following article, you can decide.

Written by defenceWeb, Wednesday, 27 August 2014  The aerospace, defence, automotive and healthcare industries will lead the adoption of four dimensional printing technology, which is poised to have a disruptive effect in multiple industries by printing objects ranging from human organs to parts used in aircraft and vehicles, according to Frost & Sullivan. Four-dimensional (4-D) printing develops materials that alter their properties and behaviours based on external stimuli such as changes in temperature. “4-D printing, an extension of three-dimensional printing, is superior to conventional manufacturing techniques in terms of performance, efficiency and quality.

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