Filament Sculptures by LIA 2014

exploration of the behaviour of a 3D printer and its filament to create a new kind of sculpture, native to the medium.

behaviours discovered:
1. surfaces can be continuous or chaotic
2. lines can be rigid or organic
3. filament can be closely controlled or let free to find its own form

construction methodologies:
1. “strings and blobs”
2. letting filament pile up on itself
3. under-constrained wall-building
4. natural collapse

4_ outcome
series of sculptures are discovered by exploring the parameter space of a base model


Wanderers by Christoph Bader and Neri Oxman

A computional growth process which is capable of producing a wide variety of growing structures. Inspired by natural growth behaviour, the computional process creates shapes that adapt to their environment. Starting with a seed, the process simulates growth by continously expanding and refining its shape.


Solid Vibrations by Olivier Van Herpt

To combine the temporal sound driven nature of Ricky van Broekhoven’s work with 3D Printing of Olivier Van Herpt would let noisescapes become things. A moment in time, a song a sound, they can now become objects that encapsulate the moment forever. Vibrations turned into shapes by the 3D Printer. A specially constructed speaker rig mounted below the build platform produces very low sound.

These amplify and create Moiré patterns on the 3D Printer. Olivier had noted previously that the printer produced Moiré patterns naturally. This error was an interesting one. Rather than eliminate it, he turned to sound designer Ricky and teamed up with him to see if they could make objects from sound waves.

Solid Vibration from Studio Ricky van Broekhoven on Vimeo.



3D door handle
Hasso Plattner Institute
Online editor
Source code: github


Impression 4D
Skylar Tibbits


3D / 4D printing inflatable structures
Fergal Coulter

Rapid Liquid Printing
Steelcase / Skylar Tibbits’ Self Assembly Lab MIT