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11. January 2016


  MICRO/MACRO We focused on the Micro/Macro theme from the first week, where Kyra’s group researched images ofminerals, animals,and plants at the microscopic level. Drawing on from the development arrived at in the first week, we continued with the pattern structure of a dragonfly wing. A dragonfly wing image was then vectorized on Illustrator and imported and developed into a 3D printable model in Tinkercad, and finally Cura. In the first week alot of experiments were also done printing on textiles, and using heat to transform these. We built on these experiences in the second week. 2ae684e1ff97361bd312b50025191de8 98b0d80a6c0769ae09b533c37fdeb346 4631baaba0d5b6163f9088b214cd1e42 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   DESTROYING After brainstorming through human action terms that would fit in well with our experiments from the previous week we set our minds on destroying. We were very interested in producing an object that could be used directly on the human body for protection and testing the limits of using 3D printing for such an object. In particular, we were fascinated by the concept that the human body is constantly changing and reshaping, and we wanted to develop something that would adapt to these changes.   RESEARCH Experiments from the previous week revealed that 2D patterns printed in PLA fillament could be heated up with a hand held hot air dryer and formed and reformed into different 3D structures. We researched multiple projects that already make use of 3D printing to create casts for broken bones or for sports protection.   TESTING We carried out a series of tests including printing directly on foam, printing different shapes, and using a flexible fillament instead of PLA. We also tested the limits of the heating method and formed our 3D printed surface onto different body parts and tested how separately printed parts could be connected to each other using heat. DSC_0833         DSC_0839 DSC_0840         DSC_0831   FINAL FORM We arrived at a final form that could be used on different parts of the body - in this case the lower arm/elbow section of the body or the lower leg/ shinbone part. In theory, this same form could be used for stabilizing a broken bone and for protection during sports. Hypothetically, the same mouldable 2D pattern could be heated into a 3D shape and moulded onto multiple parts of the body, depending on current needs or bodily changes. DSC_0820            DSC_0797 DSC_0824 DSC_0809