If you thought 3D printing was confusing, just wait until four-dimensional printing hits. The somewhat erroneously named term has come into vogue as of late with a few MIT-driven projects that promise to lead the way for self-assembling skyscrapers, among other futuristic phenomena.
How can you not be impressed with a project that promises a pen that can draw in the air?
LOS ANGELES — As 3D printing creeps into more and more projects, making product production more accessible, I’ve always wondered how we can make product design more accessible. How can the average person take advantage of the plethora of resources out there for creating new objects? While open-source tools like Audacity and Open Office have made music and word processing easier and more affordable to engage with, the resources surrounding 3D printing and design are steadily growing.
Writer and technologist Robin Sloan has coined the term “flip-flop” to denote an instance when a digital thing becomes physical, or vice-versa. A new project by Amanda Ghassaei that turns audio files into 3D-printed records.
If you need any more proof that 3D printing is taking over the entire world, an artist has created perfectly delicious, intricately designed Christmas cookies with the help of a computer model and a printing machine.
On the heels of Hyperallergic’s Hrag Vartanian predicting the rise of the 3D printed art object, Wired has a story about a project at Harvard in which archeologists are using the technology to recreate an ancient one.