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The MIT Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is renowned for applying 3D printing to some of the most unusual and inspired projects.
Artist, architect, glass 3D printer and Stratasys partner Neri Oxman leads the lab’s Mediated Matter Group. And Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the lab’s Center for Bits and Atoms, founded Fab Labs. The Tangible Media Group is another example of the lab’s often blue-sky expertise. Led by Professor Hiroshi Ishii, MIT Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Tangible Media seeks to “seamlessly couple the dual world of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation.” In other words, the lab seeks to make digital data physically interactive.
Cilllia - Example - Media - Group - Work
Cilllia, is just one example of the Tangible Media Group’s innovative work using 3D printing. As the name suggests, this project is an extension of the structure and the purpose of hair.
In Cilllia Tangible Media Group scientists developed a pixel-based hair geometry. Not only does this design rend the models 3D printable, it also facilitates an ability to modify each strand by adding more pixels variously, to change the height, thickness, angle and profile.
Addition - Hairs - Pixel - Cilllia - Arrangement
In addition to modifying the artificial 3D printed hairs by the pixel, Cilllia also experiments with their arrangement. As demonstrated in the diagram below, the group tried linear horizontal, linear diagonal, curved arch, curved waves and curved circular arrays of 3D printed hairs, each relating to a different potential movement.
Why 3D printed hairs?
Investigation - SLA-3D - Shapes - Cilllia - Parameters
More than a mere investigation of SLA-3D printable shapes, Cilllia applies these varied parameters to develop a range of possible applications for the structures. In one instance, 3D printed hairs are used to conduct phone vibrations and convert them into the rotation of a windmill. In another, Cilllia at the base of ballerina figurines are used to make...
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