HYDROPHYTES

2018


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.

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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. 

 
Arrow Pod

Arrow Pod

Feather Nurse

Feather Nurse

Nomadic Cleaner

Nomadic Cleaner

Imp Root

Imp Root

Haven Flower

Haven Flower

 

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. 

 
3D prints straight off the Connex machine, encased in support material

3D prints straight off the Connex machine, encased in support material

Carefully cleaning off the support material

Carefully cleaning off the support material

3D printed with different blends of rigid and flexible materials throughout the object

3D printed with different blends of rigid and flexible materials throughout the object

Cross section view of the Haven Flower showing internal chambers for inflation

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