“THE PRINTING OF RESPONSIVE OBJECTS ADAPTING SURROUNDINGS ON THEIR OWN”
The future of four-dimensional (4D) printing and its market implications will be determined by the breadth and depth of its application potential and its ability to unleash a whole new world of application segments and opportunities. From printing human organs to parts that are used in aerospace and automotive sectors, 4D printing promises to hold significantly high capability. Moreover, 4D printing has a very optimistic scenario and its prospect in the future is expected to be bright in and impact multiple industries.
4D Printing Technology
4D printing technology is expected to significantly increase the efficiency of the manufacturing process and increase the capability to produce complex parts and products for different industrial sectors. This novel technology is expected to create a large number of potential applications in diverse industrial sectors, such as aerospace, defense, automotive, health care, infrastructure, manufacturing, packaging, including self-adaptive, self-assembling materials.
Technology Grants & Fundings
The investment scenario for this novel technology shows advancement. Some grants have been issued already for R&D activities for 4D printing. Though the funding bodies and investment efforts have been mostly limited to United States till now, this new technology is expected to gather increased interest and funds from various sources, such as the private sector and governmental organisations all over the world.
4D Printing Applications
4D printing technology is expected to be adopted by a broad range of industrial sectors. Research laboratories, universities, and companies in various fields of business are expected to increase their research activities on 4D printing, further enabling convergence between industries and increasing the breadth of applications of 4D printing technology.