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Modulated extrusion for textured 3D printing

O'Dowd, Paul; Hoskins, Stephen; Geisow, Adrian; Walters, Peter

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Adrian Geisow




This research utilises a Fused Deposition Modelling 3D Printer to investigate the aesthetics of 3D printing and it's broader applications. The presented research re-evaluates the 3D printer as a tool to manipulate materials, as opposed to a machine that discretely reproduces digital models at a fine resolution. The research questions the utility of automation, and attempts to find a level that permits materially expressive modes of fabrication. The exploration of aesthetics has uncovered a variety of unexpected textures and interesting material properties that may have wider use. For instance, rigid plastic has been extruded and manipulated finer than the extrusion nozzle diameter, which confers flexibility and fabric like qualities to the printed object. The discovered techniques for 3D printed aesthetics are reproducibly reliable and can be incorporated back into orthodox digital-model driven fabrication.


O'Dowd, P., Hoskins, S., Geisow, A., & Walters, P. (2015). Modulated extrusion for textured 3D printing

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Oct 28, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jun 3, 2016
Journal NIP & Digital Fabrication Conference
Print ISSN 2169-4451
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2015
Issue 1
Pages 173 -178
Book Title Proceeds of the Digital Fabrication and Digital Printing Conference
Keywords fused deposition modelling, 3D print
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Additional Information Additional Information : Reprinted with permission of IS&T: The Society for Imaging Science and Technology sole copyright owners of NIP31: International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies and Digital Fabrication 2015.


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