Special issue “3D and 4D Hybrid Printed Functional Prototypes”

Special Issue Editors


Rupinder Singh ,

* Correspondence: rupindersingh@nitttrchd.ac.in

National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Chandigarh India

Interests: 3D and 4D printing, process hybridization and optimization.

Alexandru Mihai Grumezescu ,

* Correspondence: grumezescu@yahoo.com

University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Bucharest, Romania

Interests: synthesis and characterization of (nano)materials.

Special Issue Information

Aim and Scope: In the past one-decade lot of research has been focused on 3D and 4D printed functional prototypes. However, there is still some gap in understanding shape memory programming for thermoplastics and metals, dual/ multi-material, and hybrid blended composites for typical 4D industrial applications. Also, little has been reported on post-processing of 3D/4D printed thermoplastic/ metal-based functional prototypes. This thematic issue is focused on hybrid/ multi blended thermoplastic/ metal composite 3D printed functional prototypes having 4D capabilities to address the issues related to shape memory programming. Also, a particular focus is on the hybridization of thermoplastic, metal, and bioprinting for the development of a novel process. We welcome authors to submit additional data sets, color images, animation, and videos to publish with your articles to enhance the content experience of the journal. This special issue provides an international forum for professionals and academics to exchange novel ideas and disseminate knowledge covering the full range of activities related to the multi-disciplinary area of 3D and 4D printing. Along with these topics like: CAD and 3D data acquisition technologies, rapid tooling and rapid manufacturing, quality control and AM standards, legal perspectives, economics, social and environmental implications, case studies, etc. in 3D/4D printing are also acceptable All published research articles in this issue will undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by independent expert referees.

Subtopics: Shape memory programming of thermoplastic 3D printed prototypes; Dual/multi and hybrid blended thermoplastic composites for 4D applications; Post-processing of 3D/4D printed thermoplastic-based functional prototypes.

Keywords: 3D printing; meta-materials; shape memory polymers; dual-multi material printing; hybrid blended composites; post-processing; bio and polymer printing hybridization.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021

Manuscript Submission Information

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  5. please add at least 10 references from the last 2 years (2018-2019) in order to highlight the novelty of your work;
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Published papers

This special issue is now open for submission.