This month researchers at BMW and MIT’s self-assembly lab have unveiled new inflatable 3D printed materials which could be used in the production of vehicles in the near future. Named ‘liquid printed pneumatics’, the object which uses rapid liquid printing technology, check out the video below to learn more about the new 3D printing material and technology.
“In 2016, the BMW ‘VISION NEXT 100’ concept car not only amazed motorheads from around the world but also the technology visionaries at MIT’s self-assembly lab, who are renowned for inventing forward-thinking, experimental materials. with the automobile enhancing the almost definite yet still unpredictable autonomous drive abilities, the interior as well as exterior explored a possible future also. both utilized 4D structures that adapted according to function, performance and aesthetics. fast forward two years and, finally, a material has been created that reflects this vision of morphing surfaces, the first 3D-printed inflatable material, thanks to a collaboration between BMW and the self-assembly lab.”
The new 3D printed inflatable material is currently on display display at the V&A museum in London, as part of ‘the future starts here’ exhibition and is definitely worth a look if you are in the area.
Source: Design Boom