Demonstrating thermorph: Democratizing 4d printing of self-folding materials and interfaces

Ye Tao, Jianzhe Gu, Byoungkwon An, Tingyu Cheng, Xiang Anthony Chen, Xiaoxiao Zhang, Wei Zhao, Youngwook Do, Teng Zhang, Lining Yao

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5 Scopus citations

Abstract

We demonstrate “Thermorph”, a rapid prototyping system aims to print flat thermoplastic composites and trigger them to self-fold into 3D with arbitrary bending angles. An interactive web-based design platform is developed to allow users to input their desired 3D shape or design 2D pattern, and see the printer printing it out automatically. Thermorph employs a desktop FDM printer and low-cost printing filaments to make this 4D printing technique readily accessible for researchers, hobbyists, classrooms, museums and developing countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationEngage with CHI
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356206, 9781450356213
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 20 2018
Event2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2018 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Apr 21 2018Apr 26 2018

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Volume2018-April

Other

Other2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2018
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period4/21/184/26/18

Keywords

  • 3D printing
  • 4D printing
  • Computational fabrication
  • Computational geometry
  • Self-folding
  • Shape changing
  • Shape memory polymer
  • Thermoplastic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Tao, Y., Gu, J., An, B., Cheng, T., Chen, X. A., Zhang, X., Zhao, W., Do, Y., Zhang, T., & Yao, L. (2018). Demonstrating thermorph: Democratizing 4d printing of self-folding materials and interfaces. In CHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Engage with CHI (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings; Vol. 2018-April). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3170427.3186478