Now a days, 3D-printed objects are grabbing public’s attention. However, using a combination of pneumatics and 3D-printed flexible-materials, a student named Richard Clarkson at New York’s School of Visual Arts, has created an artificial flower that “blooms.”
This artificial flower is a 3D-printed flower. Actually it was Clarkson’s project. He named the project Blossom. However, Clarkson used “simultaneous deposition of different build materials in a single print” to create this artificial flower. The rigid structure of Blossom’s flower is made of Fullcure 720, a clear, solid substance, and the flexible petals are made of a rubbery black material called Tango Black.
By designating how much of each material to use at the point of print, Clarkson was able to create each section with the correct amount of rigid and flexible materials to make the organic form of a flower. When the flower is filled with air, its rubbery petals “bloom” by pushing outwards, while the center remains solid. The outer portions of the petals contain less solid resin than the parts toward the stem, allowing them to maintain their natural shape as they expand. Here’s video for you.
Clarkson completed this project about a year and a half ago. Now Blossom has been released only for the public to see.