MIT Printflatables project creates functional inflatable 3D objects by printing folds into fabric

MIT Printflatables project creates functional inflatable 3D objects by printing folds into fabric

What if we told you that there’s an object that can transform itself from a flat two-dimensional shape into a useful 3D object, and back again, with a bare minimum of human input? This isn’t some groundbreaking new innovation, but in fact a pretty common item – the humble inflatable. A group of researchers at MIT recently saw the potential of this basic yet effective technology behind the airbed, the bounce house, and the thing with arms outside car dealerships, and used 3D printing techniques to develop it into something more advanced – a project they entitled ‘’ Printflatables […]

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