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Cilllia

Inspired by the hair structures occur in nature at different scales with multiple functionalities, Cilllia looks at new ways of 3D printing dense hair on flat and curved surfaces. It allows users to design and generate hair geometry at 50 micrometer resolution and assign various functionalities to the hair, such as mechanical adhesion property; new passive actuation and touch sensing on a 3D printed artifact. The project envisions a future where physical materials’ properties and functions, whether eletrical or mechanical can be encoded in the material fabrication process directly by users.

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MICROSCAPE

Microscape is a new collection of architecturally-precise models of cities around the world. We’re starting with one of the greatest cities of all: New York. The first phase is a series of 200 “microscapes” (distinct tiles of different parts of the city), which can be assembled into a complete, highly accurate model of Manhattan. Start building New York City with a single microscape that includes your favorite landmark or choose a microscape with more personal significance

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La Smilza

It might seem it has a fragile structure but it is mathematically safe. La Smilza can be considered a spacial reticular structure and it responds to the physical principle of levers. It is composed by broomsticks, 3D printed joints and a suspended seat secured with ropes to the frame. The structure reacts to different strengths depending on how the joints are placed. The chair is designed to be unique, personal, built on the owner's needs and anatomic features. It is transportable, its owner can bring it with him wherever he goes and it will adapt to every situation like a Darwinian creature.

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Silhouette Collection

The project gives a second chance to such an unvalued object as a PET bottle, which would be normally thrown away after it has been used. The idea was to create a vase conserving only its silhouette. The vase itself represents an external shell with an inner neck fillet, so it can be screwed onto a bottle like a cap. The 3D printed structure dresses the bottle and makes it disappear under its mesh. The uniqueness of design is the result of choice of shapes, the reduced use of resources necessary for the 3D prints and the new life given to items destined to be discarded.

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Smart Buckle

This Smart Buckle is specially designed for the users who want to wear their traditional watch, but also want to have some smart function for their daily usage. It is equipped with G-sensor and bluetooth module, via the phone application, it can be performed as pedometer, calories calculation, sleep condition monitoring, etc. One extra feature is the SOS function. The user can press the button of the buckle for 3 times when in emergency, it will activate the phone to send the user's location and preset message to a user's friend or an important person, in order to ask for help.

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Happaratus

Happaratus is a power tool that is worn as a glove and enables a user to shape and sculpt hard materials such as wood or stone using the hand. The tool has great potential for disrupting traditional crafts, as it opens up the possibility of creating very complex shapes with a very intuitive workflow. A prototype has been tested by artisans from various disciplines including stone-carving and furniture restoration. David Neat, a London based sculptor used a Happaratus prototype to create Grinlings, a series of beautiful wooden objects.

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