BlowFab: Rapid prototyping for rigid and reusable objects using inflation of laser-cut surfaces

Junichi Yamaoka, Ryuma Niiyama, Yasuaki Kakehi

研究成果: Conference contribution

14 被引用数 (Scopus)

抄録

This study proposes BlowFab, a prototyping method used to create a 2.5-dimensional prototype in a short time by combining laser cutting and blow molding techniques. The user creates adhesive areas and inflatable areas by engraving and cutting multilayered plastic sheets using a laser cutter. These adhesive areas are fused automatically by overlapping two crafted sheets and softening them with a heater. The user can then create hard prototypes by injecting air into the sheets. Objects can be bent in any direction by cutting incisions or engraving a resistant resin. The user can create uneven textures by engraving a pattern with a heat-resistant film. These techniques can be used for prototyping various strong inflatable objects. The finished prototype is strong and can be collapsed readily for storage when not required. In this study, the design process is described using the proposed method. The study also evaluates possible bending mechanisms and texture expression methods along with various usage scenarios and discusses the resolution, strength, and reusability of the prototype developed.

本文言語English
ホスト出版物のタイトルUIST 2017 - Proceedings of the 30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
出版社Association for Computing Machinery, Inc
ページ461-469
ページ数9
ISBN(電子版)9781450349819
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2017 10 20
イベント30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2017 - Quebec City, Canada
継続期間: 2017 10 222017 10 25

Other

Other30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2017
CountryCanada
CityQuebec City
Period17/10/2217/10/25

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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