Intelligent Soft Materials and 3D Printing
Intelligent materials, also known as active materials, show responses to external stimuli including light, heat, electric field, and magnetic field. With specifically designed polymeric matrix and fillers, intelligent composites facilitate complex deformations and multifunctions.
The magnetic dynamic polymer composite composes of hard-magnetic microparticles in thermally reversible dynamic polymer networks, integrating functionalities of targeted welding, magnetization reprogramming, and structural reconfigurationDetails
Advances in 3D printing technology allow for the fabrication of stimuli-responsive materials with programmable properties and material distributions. Controlled by external stimuli, the printed structure can actively morph shape after 3D printing.
Multimaterial printing technology can be utilized for the complex structural integration of magnetic soft materials and magnetic shape memory polymers to explore their enhanced multimodal shape transformation and tunable propertiesDetails
The mechanics-guided design strategy provides guidance to material and structural design and advanced manufacturing of functional soft composites, through the development of material constitutive model and finite element analysis.