4D Fabrication Lab

Presentation Group Representative : Hiroya Tanaka (Faculty of Environment and Information Studies)
  • 7. Affordable and clean energy
  • 9. Industry, innovation, infrastructure
  • 12. Responsible consumption, production
Tokyo Midtown East B1F Hall A
Booth No.E04

Application of 4D Printing to Environmental Factors

Person in Charge of the Project : Ryosuke Wakasugi

One-third of the houses in Japan will be unoccupied by 2030, and the demand for renovation and reduction corresponding to each individual building will be expected to increase as a result. Digital fabrication allows one to go back and forth between digital and physical full-scale design and mockup easier, and we plan to apply this technology to control the appearance of urban space and the events that occur in it, as well as solve the issue mentioned above. There is also the need to develop specialized equipment and materials for digital fabrication in order to make full use of it. This research aims to develop urban space into practical use by dividing it into smaller elements such as windows and walls, and designing them parametrically.

Development of Sustainable Materials

Person in Charge of the Project : Masaki Arai

Plastic, also used for 3D printing, is becoming a major problem of environmental destruction because it is mass produced and discarded. In order to realize the society based on digital fabrication mentioned above, we are currently developing biodegradable plastic for 3D printing. Biodegradable plastic is presumed to significantly reduce the burden of environmental pollution attributed to waste disposal.