3D-Printed Hair

Fused Deposition Modeling of Soft Strands, Fibers, and Bristles


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.


Gierad Laput, Xiang 'Anthony' Chen, and Chris Harrison. 2015. 3D Printed Hair: Fused Deposition Modeling of Soft Strands, Fibers, and Bristles. In Proceedings of the 28th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software & Technology (UIST '15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 593-597. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2807442.2807484