To accompany feature ‘How to print shape shifters’
1. How would you build a robot? What kind of parts would you need? How might you get them to move on their own?
2. What would be some advantages of having an object that could change its shape or color in response to changes in the environment?
1. What is the difference between an object created with 3-D printing and one made with 4-D printing?
2. Name three potential applications of 4-D printing.
3. Why do scientists say that 4-D printed objects can be “smart” or “intelligent”?
4. What do 4-D printed objects have in common with carnivorous plants?
5. How did 4-D printing help children with tracheobronchomalacia?
6. Why might 4-D printed materials have less waste than materials produced using other methods?
7. What can the plastic sheets created in Qi’s lab do?
8. What are two obstacles to 4-D printing?
1. With a partner, brainstorm three objects that could be created through 4-D printing. What would these objects do? How would they move or change? What would be the benefits of creating such objects through 4-D printing?
2. What kinds of problems would 4-D printing be useful to help solve?
3. Today, computer printers are common in schools, offices and homes. Do you think 4-D printers will ever become as common? Explain how you came to your prediction.