Designing a 3d Printed EXOSKELETON and How to 'grow' Electronic Parts on It!

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David Gann from explains a workflow for producing a body fitted exoskeleton from freely available resources. Additionaly a method of growing mounts for electronics on it is explained:

Continuing with my thoughts and experiments about bringing together wearable computing and a generative or ‘symbiotic’ design processes, I ended up doing a 12 minutes video tutorial. In the video you see how you can easily create an exoskeleton using freely available software together with a 3d-printer and a 3d-scanner, which you most likely will find somewhere in your town as well. In the last half of the tutorial I also packed in a method that uses a very experimental approach for designing or ‘letting grow’ a mount for electronics on your body. In this case the Arduino Fio wireless micro controller. The growing approach is very experimental and I have to admit that I didn’t print it so far. I know that it will require a lot of mesh processing until you really can print it. But I hope that I made the idea clear so far.

Here is a list of the software that you need:

ReconstructMe (
MeshLab (
Assimp View (
Blender (
IvyGenerator (

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    6 years ago

    Hello nice video Just thinking , make a heated loop of pvc pipe 1 to 1.5 meter dia and and 3 d print track to attach to id of loop. then build simple motor and geat box to mount between optic scanner and loop to allow rotational scan with higher accuracy. simply place arm/leg/ head in middle and scan


    Reply 6 years ago

    thats a realy good idea! thanks for the comment!