3D Printed Hair: Fused Deposition Modeling of Soft Strands, Fibers, and Bristles

Gierad Laput, Xiang 'Anthony' Chen, Chris Harrison (UIST 2015)

We introduce a technique for furbricating 3D printed hair, fibers and bristles, by exploiting the stringing phenomena inherent in fused deposition modeling 3D printers. Our approach offers a range of design parameters for controlling the properties of single strands and also of hair bundles. Further, we detail a list of post-processing techniques for refining the behavior and appearance of printed strands. We show several examples of output, demonstrating the feasibility of our approach on a low cost printer. Overall, this technique extends the capabilities of 3D printing in a new and interesting way, without requiring any new hardware.

 

 

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Laput G., Xiang, A.C., Harrison, C. 3D Printed Hair: Fused Deposition Modeling of Soft Strands, Fibers, and Bristles
In Proceedings of the 28th annual ACM Symposium on User Interfaces Software and Technology (UIST '15).

 

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