In 3D printing, objects are created by adding layers of material on top of each other. 4D printing involves using materials that can change shape or properties in response to external stimuli, such as heat or moisture. This allows for creating objects that can transform or self-assemble over time. In contrast, 5D printing is more about integrating data with the 3D printing process. This can include information on the cost of materials, the time required for printing, the environmental impact of the printing process, and more. By incorporating this data, 5D printing aims to create more efficient and sustainable printing processes. It’s worth noting that while some experts may use the term 5D printing, it is not yet a widely accepted or established technology. However, the field of 3D printing and additive manufacturing continuously evolves, and new technologies and techniques may emerge.
Autodesk’s Maker-in-Chief Jesse Harrington talked about 5D Printing at International CES. Technology is improving day by day. We know about 3D, 4D, and now 5D printing.
Jesse Harrington tells us how they are “up-leveling” 3D printing.