Hydrophytes is a series of futuristic aquatic plants created with multi-material 3D printing. The project explores the design and choreography of movement to bring objects to life through 4D printing. The film is true to life with no effects added in post-processing.
Read the master's thesis that led to the creation of the Hydrophytes.
The designs utilise Stratasys PolyJet technology that allows blends of rigid and flexible resins known as digital materials. Sealed chambers allow the 4D prints to activate independently through pneumatic inflation. The Hydrophytes illustrate a range of multifaceted, variable movements whose life-like qualities are unique to the behaviour of digital materials.
These Computer-Generated Objects (CGO) take advantage of both the digital world, with its versatility and efficiency in form-making, and the physical world, where objects can respond to the environment, humans and other printed objects. This balance between controlled design and uncontrolled natural interaction leads to the creation of compelling organic performances.
With Tangible Animation, on-screen ‘magic’ can be transformed into immersive physical encounters, advantageous for museums, theme parks and films.