The replacement of 3D CAD?

A US news report looks at what could be the next generation design tool that will incorporate elements of 3D printing and 3D modelling in to what is being called Programmable Matter.

The technology could allow physical matter to be morphed, at will, into different shapes and designs. Could we be looking at the replacement of 3D CAD software?

One specific aspect of the technology is known as Claytronics. While this is still a futuristic concept, the technology looks to develop and merge nanoscale robotics and computer science to create individual nanometer-scale computers the size of atoms that can interact with each other to form tangible 3D objects that users can interact with. All very sci-fi, but all very tangible.

Justin Cunningham

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