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Watch a fake flower blossom thanks to flexible 3D-printed materials (video)

02
Feb
2014

Richard Clarkson, a student at New Yorks School of Visual Arts, has used a combination of pneumatics and 3D-printed flexible-materials to create an artificial flower that blooms, and the result is pretty neat. When air fills a cavity in the rubbery petals, they expand and push outward against the harder center bulb, replicating how a real flower blossoms. Clarkson said he chose a flower for this experiment because he wanted to model something organic from an entirely non-organic process.

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