By now, you’ve heard of 3D printing and projects like the KamerMaker promising to produce the first printed structures and homes. But MIT’s Department of Architecture, led by the awesomely-named Skylar Tibbits, is taking it one step further. 4D would mean not only printing in 3D, but printing objects that are inherently self-adapting – therefore the printed form doesn’t have to be the final product.
“What we’re saying here is, you design something, you print it, it evolves,” Tibbits said in an interview. “It’s like naturally embedding smartness into the materials.”
Now imagine self-adapting buildings, bridges, roadways, and more. Getting excited? It’s easier to be a technology nerd than you thought, huh?