How amazing would it be to be able to have a balloon in any shape? What would you want? A piano? A cartoon character? A giant bouncy house?
The New Scientist just reported that a team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Disney Research has developed a method for taking any desired 3D shape, then using their research on how a rubber balloon stretches as it inflates, reverse engineers the deflated shape that would most closely lead to the desired inflated balloon. Then, once they have the model for the deflated balloon, they create a mold for it using a 3D printer! If you just can’t wait to learn more, they’re presenting their work at the Eurographics conference in Italy next month.
Thanks to Luis Rodriguez for the link!
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