Aera Fabrica

An inventive experiment; the inflated possibilities of 3D printing

Computer-controlled objects changes into organic forms, with a surface that almost looks like draped textile. Sometimes as thin as a sandwich bag, and sometimes very sturdy. Properties that can be used both aesthetically and functionally.

The technique Aera Fabrica is a combination of blow moulding, glass blowing and 3D printing.  From an experiment with stretching plastic, the studio moved to seeing the plastic form as a balloon that you can blow up. By heating up the balloon, it is made flexible and can be transformed. Cooling it, solidifies the form again.

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In contrast with the glassblowing technique, with the Aera Fabrica process, you determine the form before the inflating process, which allows us to more influence on the final form.

The technique developed by Roos Meerman of Fillip Studios has so far been used for artistic purposes. In Pi Lab Fillip Studios is investigating how the technique can be made applicable for industrial applications and innovations in packaging, health care and architecture 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.

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