3D printing technology – after printing car, food, human organs, it is not capable of printing hairs. Yes, you read it right. The beauty industry is getting involved with 3D printing.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, Gierad Laput, Xiang ‘Anthony’ Chen and Chris Harrison have joined hands and developed the 3D printed hair technique. The artificial hair that is 3D printed sideays laying on the machine’s bed, can be strong and rigid for use as bristles on a broom or thin and flexible enough to be cut, curled and even braided like human hair. However, it takes a long time to make an entire toupee or wig and the machine is not foolproof.
Laput has posted his paper, photos and video about 3D printing on the website in which he has explained saying, ” We introduce a technique for furbricating 3D printed hair, fibers and bristles, 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.”
The project drew its inspiration from the residual string that appears when you use a glue gun. The same concept has been emulated with 3D printing to develop this. The 3D printed hair can vary in color, thickness, density and type. Also, this printed hair can be easily added to other 3D printed objects.
Apart from using it for bristles on the broom and covering the bald head, this technology has some wonderful potential. This concept can offer new ways to 3D print complete devices, make flexible joints or even improve how electronics and wiring are produced.