3D printers are revolutionizing many current design concepts. Cheaper conceive these technologies lead to a new methodology in creating objects that can be redesigned to optimize their mechanical properties among others. New Ways, previously impossible to create, will replace the current clearly impacted on the design; so, affecting mechanical conceptualization decreasing the number of pieces of joint, structural conceptualization providing more organic structures, etc..
The current limit is imposed by the printer, limiting the size of the object to be manufactured according to the same container space.
A new paradigm is considering as they begin to appear the first domestic 3D printers. Can we add a new dimension to the designs?Can we add time as a variable in the manufacture of objects?What does this new variable in conceptualizing designs?
As the proteins change shape, we can design objects that vary their shape throughout its life. We can even obtain objects that are joined automatically.
The following TED talk about printing 4D illustrates this interesting concept.
(can see chat with subtitles on the above link, or in English on Youtube below)
3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s; TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.(TRD en Youtube)