Printflatables

Printing human-scale, functional and dynamic inflatable objects

Harpreet Sareen, Udayan Umapathi, Patrick Shin, Yasuaki Kakehi, Jifei Ou, Pattie Maes, Hiroshi Ishii

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

20 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Printflatables is a design and fabrication system for human-scale, functional and dynamic inflatable objects. We use inextensible thermoplastic fabric as the raw material with the key principle of introducing folds and thermal sealing. Upon inflation, the sealed object takes the expected three dimensional shape. The workflow begins with the user specifying an intended 3D model which is decomposed to two dimensional fabrication geometry. This forms the input for a numerically controlled thermal contact iron that seals layers of thermoplastic fabric. In this paper, we discuss the system design in detail, the pneumatic primitives that this technique enables and merits of being able to make large, functional and dynamic pneumatic artifacts. We demonstrate the design output through multiple objects which could motivate fabrication of inflatable media and pressure-based interfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationExplore, Innovate, Inspire
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages3669-3680
Number of pages12
Volume2017-May
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346559
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May 2
Event2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2017 - Denver, United States
Duration: 2017 May 62017 May 11

Other

Other2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2017
CountryUnited States
CityDenver
Period17/5/617/5/11

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Printing
Fabrication
Pneumatics
Thermoplastics
Seals
Raw materials
Systems analysis
Iron
Geometry
Hot Temperature

Keywords

  • 3D printing
  • Digital fabrication
  • Human-Material interaction
  • Inflatables
  • Radical atoms
  • Shape changing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Sareen, H., Umapathi, U., Shin, P., Kakehi, Y., Ou, J., Maes, P., & Ishii, H. (2017). Printflatables: Printing human-scale, functional and dynamic inflatable objects. In CHI 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Explore, Innovate, Inspire (Vol. 2017-May, pp. 3669-3680). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3025453.3025898

Printflatables : Printing human-scale, functional and dynamic inflatable objects. / Sareen, Harpreet; Umapathi, Udayan; Shin, Patrick; Kakehi, Yasuaki; Ou, Jifei; Maes, Pattie; Ishii, Hiroshi.

CHI 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Explore, Innovate, Inspire. Vol. 2017-May Association for Computing Machinery, 2017. p. 3669-3680.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Sareen, H, Umapathi, U, Shin, P, Kakehi, Y, Ou, J, Maes, P & Ishii, H 2017, Printflatables: Printing human-scale, functional and dynamic inflatable objects. in CHI 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Explore, Innovate, Inspire. vol. 2017-May, Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 3669-3680, 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2017, Denver, United States, 17/5/6. https://doi.org/10.1145/3025453.3025898
Sareen H, Umapathi U, Shin P, Kakehi Y, Ou J, Maes P et al. Printflatables: Printing human-scale, functional and dynamic inflatable objects. In CHI 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Explore, Innovate, Inspire. Vol. 2017-May. Association for Computing Machinery. 2017. p. 3669-3680 https://doi.org/10.1145/3025453.3025898
Sareen, Harpreet ; Umapathi, Udayan ; Shin, Patrick ; Kakehi, Yasuaki ; Ou, Jifei ; Maes, Pattie ; Ishii, Hiroshi. / Printflatables : Printing human-scale, functional and dynamic inflatable objects. CHI 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Explore, Innovate, Inspire. Vol. 2017-May Association for Computing Machinery, 2017. pp. 3669-3680
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