Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printed Fur

2020-09-11

Tessa Blokland  

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Very slowly it is getting more chilly and colder, now September is almost halfway. I must confess, I do like the early morning freshness with my warm coffee in my hands and a blanket on my shoulders. Wandering over my cup of coffee, animals with fur have their natural blanket, right? What about 3D printed fur? There must be really nice examples of this 3D printed material available?

Caress of the Gaze is a 3D-printed fur-like wearable, designed by designer Behnaz Farahi. The choice of a fur-like structure is to show the movement of the fur. It is an interactive wearable that can detect other people’s gaze and respond accordingly, hence the movement of the fur. Here is a nice video, produced by WIRED, showing the effect.

Architect and material scientist Richard Beckett and designer and materials engineer Sarat Babu created these 3D printed tiles, Cilia. The furry surface is made up of tens of thousands of 3D printed nylon fibres, making it looks very soft, and according to the website, it also feels soft.

The 3D printed furry coat on the picture is the result of a collaboration between designer Jifei Ou and artist/designer Erin Robertson. Already in 2016, when Ou was a Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Media Lab, he researched how dense hair-like structures could be 3D printed and how it could mimic properties of nature, hair-like structures found on animals (see top image). The coats, designed by Robertson, are just one of the possible applications, and really pushed the 3D printing process of Cilllia, as the fur-like material is called, to a next level.

The ‘hairs’ on the 3D printed vase, designed by Paris-based Studio Bold, are implanted during the 3D printing process. The result was a series of vessels, Poilu Vases, 3D printed with vegetable-based fibers, like bamboo, coconut, and wood.

The last example looks more like hair rather than fur. Gierad Laput, Xiang ‘Anthony’ Chen, and Chris Harrison created this 3D printed hair. In the video, you can see how the hair is made. The essence of creating this hair is – obviously – changing a fault (like 3D print stringing) into something with useful purposes, like a brush. Nice job!

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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