Reflatables: A tube-based reconfigurable fabrication of inflatable 3D objects

Takumi Murayama, Junichi Yamaoka, Yasuaki Kakehi

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Abstract

In this study, we propose a novel fabrication method to create large-scale 3D objects by bending and piling up an inflated single polyethylene tube. A unique point of our method is that we can redo the design and reconfigure it using the same tube after evacuating the air from the object. To provide detachable constraints on the tube for bending, we developed a novel technique with a hook-and-loop fastener attached on the tube. We also designed software to convert 3D targeted object shape to the bending pattern of the tube. Furthermore, we implemented a prototype of a machine for the automation of the attaching process of the fastener on the tube. In this paper, we describe the details of the design, implementation, results and future works.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2020 - Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368193
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 25
Event2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2020 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 2020 Apr 252020 Apr 30

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2020
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period20/4/2520/4/30

Keywords

  • Design tool
  • Digital fabrication
  • Inflatable structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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