The technique Aera Fabrica is a combination of blow moulding, glass blowing and 3D printing. By heating up a 3d printed PLA balloon, it is made flexible and can be inflated. Cooling it, solidifies the form again. The technique makes it possible to create big objects printed with a small printer.
In the Aera Fabrica process, you determine the form before the inflating process, which allows us to influence the final form. Heating the shape again, the material shrinks back to its original 3d printed shape.
The technique developed by Roos Meerman of Fillip Studios has so far been used for artistic purposes. In collaboration with Ass. Prof. Bas van der Linden from TU/e Mathematics and Computer Science, Sioux Technologies, BASF Forward AM, MakerPoint and engineering students from Fontys Engineering we are investigating how the technique can be made applicable for industrial applications and innovations in packaging, health care and architecture.
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