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From Additive Manufacturing to 3D/4D Printing 1 by Jean-Claude André

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Preface

“We have too often forgotten that specialists are created from amateurs, just as soldiers are made from civilians”. [LAT 07]

“In France, strangely enough, it is not those used to sailing the seas, the specialists of the real and tangible, who are asked for advice guiding the flagship, but the members of a caste who stay at port and who, for the most part, have only purely theoretic knowledge of the sea”. [BEI 12]

“Technology has taken on a new breadth and organization. Here, I am searching for its specific structure, and I have noticed that it exists as a system, in other words, as an organized whole”. [ELL 04]

“Those in the organization who have ideas to do things otherwise or better are divided into two categories: those who do not dare and those who dare. Those who do not dare understand very well the risks and the importance of new ideas, but they are paralyzed by risk taking and the fear of displeasing. Having never tried anything, they have not known failure and are thus unharmed by reproach […], they are quitters. Those who dare, the innovators, move forward by challenging conventional ideas, organizations, and sometimes procedures. They stir up fears and a lack of understanding and are truly criticized…”. [PHI 12]

“Science has largely renounced an interdisciplinary vision allowing the merits of different results to be faced”. [THO 83]

“Theory is when everything is known and nothing works. Practice is when everything works and no one knows why. Here, we have ...

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