3D News: Recent Developments in #3DPrinting Flexible Objects #3DThursday

gradient chair by Joris Laarman Lab and a kinematics print from Nervous System

The very talented Jessica Rosenkrantz of Nervous System published a great article that highlights some fascinating projects that are pushing the possibilities of designing hard objects to behave like flexible textile.

Our Kinematics project is one approach to making flexible objects with 3d-printing. By interconnecting hundreds of rigid panels with hinges, we can create objects that behave like fabrics at the macro scale. The piece themselves don’t flex, but the structure they form does. 3d-printing flexible structures isn’t anything new. I was first introduced to the idea back in 2000 when Freedom of Creation produced a chainmail dress using SLS printing. However, over the past week, I’ve seen a number of interesting projects that take different approaches to flexibility. Here are three.

Full Post on the Nervous System Blog

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