4D Printing | Videography | Thesis
Animation that you can touch - bringing objects to life with 4D printing.
Hydrophytes is a series of futuristic aquatic plants created with multi-material 3D printing. The project explores the design and choreography of organic movement through 4D printing. The film is true to life with no effects added in post-processing.
Rhino + Grasshopper Stratasys Connex 3 3D Printer, Premiere Pro, InDesign
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.
Blending the best of physical and digital worlds
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.
Applications in the film and exhibition industry
With Tangible Animation, on-screen ‘magic’ can be transformed into immersive physical encounters, advantageous for museums, theme parks and films. The potential of designing organic movement through 4D printing is showcased in the thesis pictured above, written and designed by myself.