Why 4D Printing Has Endless Possibilities: Science Speaker Skylar Tibbits
Since self-assembly already takes place at a small scale in the nanosphere (in biology and chemistry), Tibbits wants to translate that process to construction at the large scale. So far, he has numerous projects in the works that range from self-assembly toys and interactive retail displays to self-restricting water infrastructure and adaptable space technology. And, as he points out in the video, the potential exists to expand the technology to an almost infinite range of other projects.
Collaboration is also a big part of the work Tibbits does. Taking a multidisciplinary approach allows the team to find more examples of self-assembly taking place naturally and come up with a wider range of ideas of how to apply the phenomena in the built world.
In his keynote on 4D printing and self-assembly, Tibbits explains how we are now able to program nearly everything—from bits of DNA, proteins, cells, and proto-cells; to products, architecture, and infrastructure. Programmability and computing are becoming ubiquitous across scales and disciplines. Tibbits shows audiences how soon these small-scale technologies will translate into solutions for large-scale applications—and what it means for your industry. To book Skylar Tibbits as a speaker, contact The Lavin Agency.