When thinking of 3D Printing, most things that come to mind are prototypes, mechanical parts, toys, and other small to large objects. With the advent of cement 3D Printers that can create buildings and homes, the idea of large complex structures is no longer a fantasy. But what about smaller objects as thin as hair? The Tangible Media Group at MIT’s Media Lab has created a new innovative technique using their l33t 3D printing skills to 3D print a micro-pillar object they call Cilllia.
It's not the hair that's only innovative, but the process itself is revolutionary. Standard CAD software cannot print hair-like strands, so Tangible Media Group developed their own custom software program.
“We built a software platform to let one quickly define a hair’s angle, thickness, density, and height,” said Jifei Ou. “With this method, we can 3D print super dense hair surface at micron density.”