Kinematics is a system for 4D printing that creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules. Each component is rigid, but in aggregate they behave as a continuous fabric. Though made of many distinct pieces, these designs require no assembly. Instead the hinge mechanisms are 3D printed in-place and work straight out of the machine.
You can make and order (or print!) your own designs using the Kinematics app.
z-corp powder composite and z-corp tinted binder
Everyday items such as toys and a watering can are 3D scanned using a digital camera and subjected to algorithms that distort, abstract and taint them into new primordial vessel forms. In some cases only close inspection reveals traces inherited from their physical predecessors. These are then 3D printed on a z-corp printer.
Vessels are arguably the lowest common denominator for man-made objects across all cultures, these objects however have no storage function other than to embody the stored digital data that describes them.
The algorithms are executed within my own made software 3D interfaces; co_former for transforming shape and #ccc (colour co-creator) for generating colour. These output files ready for 3D printing in colour. I’ve coded these with Processing, and libraries Hemesh, ControlP5, and Toxiclibs.
The objects were first on display at the 3D Print Show, London, October 19-22.
Matthew Plummer-Fernandez has some really amazing 3D work involving mathematical algorithms and distortion. If you want to see more, visit him here http://www.plummerfernandez.com/.
3D Printable Type
I know there are designers working on typefaces that are optimised for 3D printing but this alphabet, by Loren Kulesus of Brooklyn, is something else entirely.
“The design uses 1mm wall thicknesses which seem to print very nicely on all 3d printers, and the simple and iterative appearance mimics heat sinks.”
Look at that ‘o’ made by joining two blocks! Very imaginative.