siliconindia – 4D Printing: A Promising Technology and the Related Patent Trends

This year 3D printing technology will be celebrating its 37 years of existence, although it is somehow surprising that most of us have come across this term in recent years. There are lots of researches going on across the world for improving this technology and make it cheaper and more effective. This has brought down the cost of a 3D printer to nearly USD 700, (industrial grade 3D printers).

However, in February 2013, TEDx professor Skylar Tibbits first coined the term 4D printing in his speech at the MIT Conference.

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