Dynablock: Dynamic 3D printing for instant and reconstructable shape formation

Ryo Suzuki, Junichi Yamaoka, Daniel Leithinger, Tom Yeh, Mark D. Gross, Yoshihiro Kawahara, Yasuaki Kakehi

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Abstract

This paper introduces Dynamic 3D Printing, a fast and reconstructable shape formation system. Dynamic 3D Printing assembles an arbitrary three-dimensional shape from a large number of small physical elements. It can also disassemble the shape back to elements and reconstruct a new shape. Dynamic 3D Printing combines the capabilities of 3D printers and shape displays: Like conventional 3D printing, it can generate arbitrary and graspable three-dimensional shapes, while allowing shapes to be rapidly formed and reformed as in a shape display. To demonstrate the idea, we describe the design and implementation of Dynablock, a working prototype of a dynamic 3D printer. Dynablock can form a three-dimensional shape in seconds by assembling 3,000 9 mm blocks, leveraging a 24 x 16 pin-based shape display as a parallel assembler. Dynamic 3D printing is a step toward achieving our long term vision in which 3D printing becomes an interactive medium, rather than the means for fabrication that it is today. In this paper we explore possibilities for this vision by illustrating application scenarios that are difficult to achieve with conventional 3D printing or shape display systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST 2018 - Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages99-111
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359481
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 11
Externally publishedYes
Event31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2018 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 2018 Oct 142018 Oct 17

Publication series

NameUIST 2018 - Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

Other

Other31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2018
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period18/10/1418/10/17

Keywords

  • Digital materials
  • Dynamic 3d printing
  • Shape displays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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    Suzuki, R., Yamaoka, J., Leithinger, D., Yeh, T., Gross, M. D., Kawahara, Y., & Kakehi, Y. (2018). Dynablock: Dynamic 3D printing for instant and reconstructable shape formation. In UIST 2018 - Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 99-111). (UIST 2018 - Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3242587.3242659