A new technique for 3D printing strands of hair, inspired by the phenomenon that occurs when operating a glue gun.
Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University created hair, fibers and bristles, using inexpensive 3D printers.
We introduce a technique for furbricating 3D printed by exploiting the stringing phenomena inherent in fused deposition modeling 3D printers. Our approach offers a range of design parameters for controlling the properties of single strands and also of hair bundles. Further, we detail a list of post-processing techniques for refining the behavior and appearance of printed strands. We show several examples of output, demonstrating the feasibility of our approach on a low cost printer. Overall, this technique extends the capabilities of 3D printing in a new and interesting way, without requiring any new hardware.