Taking advantage of the TPE (specially formulated thermoplastic elastomer), I did a series of study with my Printrbot Simple Metal, testing out both the limit of the material and the printer. Such as printing larger volume with a relatively smaller printer which could offer better accuracy, and print flexible material with bi-stable units to create shape-memory structure. I applied all the ideas from these studies to my architecture design afterwards, creating products and spaces with flexibility and adaptability, as wells as new ways of interaction between human and product, even more, between individuals with these potential produces.

Step 1: How to Model It.

With an architect background, making complicated structure with simple geometry always leads to make units and components first. But this time I embraced the 3D print way of thinking about geometry. I thought more about how to generate a geometry with continuous plan/section in order to make the print nice and highly functional.

So I model the geometry with continuous surfaces and gave them the pin points to touch with every adjacent surfaces to make the whole geometry work as one.

<p>Beautiful forms! Do you have any more tips on balancing thickness and stiffness, or more info on how you modeled those shapes? I am just starting to explore this kind of design and materials, so any resources are helpful. Thanks.</p>
<p>That looks neat :)</p>

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