Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a system to put a realistic plastic hair on 3D objects print. While it will not help people follicularly challenged among us, it will allow you to add a cute hairstyle for 3D printed characters and even simulate a hard growth of living beings.
The system uses a standard 3D-printer with additional programming that extrudes the plastic a little and then pulling it up, striking out the glue gun. Hair can be placed randomly on the surface or in rows and may be brushed and cut.
The researchers found that it was difficult to quickly pull plastic from extrusion facility, using only hot PLA extruder. Instead, they decide to move the entire plate aside, thereby pulling on the plastic surface. “Although the print head can not move up quickly, and he and the press bed is in progress can quickly move from side to side,” the researchers said. “By applying the molten material and then move the print head and the bed sideways, they have discovered that they can build on the hair strands they wanted.”
“You just inject a bit of material, and step back,” said Gierad Laput, PhD student of Human-Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. “This is a very simple idea, really.”
You can read more about the project here, but rest assured, this method will soon enter its repertoire of 3D-printing tricks to finally, 3D printing in full size and hairy Burt Reynolds in blue plastic.