The 2nd edition of the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference will take place on February 01, 2017, at Brightlands Chemelot Conference Centre in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

The previous edition of the conference took place on October 06, 2015, at AMOLF in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The conference is mainly addressed to Engineers, Designers, Material researchers, Material producers and Academics, but is open and of interest to anyone who sees potential in 4D Printing!

Before the event, registered participants will receive a list with all attendants at the conference. Expand your knowledge, enhance your network!

Fast Facts on the Importance of 4D Printing & Meta Materials

Making and utilising new materials to improve our life is a defining feature of mankind. We moved on from the stone age, to the bronze age, to the age of silicon and plastic. Now we are at the edge of a new episode, where technological breakthroughs allow us to create, investigate and dream of a total new range of structured forms of matter.

Two fields emerge strongly:

  • 4D Printing offers a streamlined path from idea to full functionality.
  • Mechanical meta-materials are structured materials with mechanical properties defined by their structure rather than their composition.

These are highly promising disciplines which develop in a synergistic manner, and which aim at creating entirely new forms of matter, which will lead to applications that have not yet been conceived.

Why is this relevant?

These fields offer not only tremendous opportunities for engineers but also for designers as many new applications will arise. Smart materials will solve design/engineering problems, which often arise from limitations of current materials. Applications can range from new materials for shoes and wearables, to applications in robotics and new type of sensors.

The 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference will not only cover the academic results but will show how designers and engineers will see future applications and new markets.