LLNL’s 4D printed silicone shape memory materials are flexible & stretchable, perfect for protective cushioning

LLNL's 4D printed silicone shape memory materials are flexible & stretchable, perfect for protective cushioning

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have 3D printed composite silicone materials that are flexible, stretchable, and possess shape memory behavior. The “4D printed” materials could be used to make form-fitting cushioning for helmets, shoes, and other products. Since we haven’t launched 4Ders yet, you’ll have to get used to seeing a few more “4D printing” articles on these pages. And the latest study to create 4D printed structures is one of the most practical in recent times, with an LLNL research group’s 4D printed materials able to be used as protective cushioning in headgear, packaging, and other devices. […]

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