Recent advances of 4D Printing technologies toward soft tactile sensors

Yuneng Tang, Baiqian Dai, Bin Su, Yusheng Shi

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Soft tactile sensors (STSs) combine the flexibility and the converting ability between mechanical forces and electrical signals. 4D printing was first introduced in 2013, and attracted great interest because of its versatile functionalities in actuators, artificial muscles, STSs, soft energy harvesting, pneumatic nets, electroactive polymers, and soft electronics. Using the 4D printing concept to fabricate STSs is promising, yet it is at its infant stage. At present, researchers have utilized two types of strategies: one is directly using smart materials through 3D printing manufacturing, and the other is programming codes of components and structures to create controllable changes. This review summarizes the recent research on 4D printing toward STSs and discusses the future perspectives of this emerging field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number658046
Number of pages10
JournalFrontiers in Materials
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2021


  • 4D printing
  • flexible
  • multi-material
  • soft
  • tactile sensors

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