Belgian designer Dominik Raskin, fascinated by the realistic cloth simulations achievable in 3D software, embarked on an innovative journey to materialize these digital materials into tangible objects. The result is a collection of unique 3D printed vases that mimic the appearance of soft materials. Yes, we said “mimic”, because these soft-looking items are indeed printed with rigid plastic.
Raskin’s creative process began with various geometric shapes and experimented with different inflation settings such as pressure, cloth properties, and gravity. Utilizing dynamic cloth simulation within the 3D modeling software Maya, he brought these vases to life.
By inflating a geometric shape and adding constraints along certain seams or buttons, he simulated diverse types of cloth giving his designs the appearance of inflated or puffy materials. The one in the image below, dubbed the “Tuft Vase” has buttons, and is designed to resemble the aesthetic of a sofa.
Though they appear soft and supple, these “inflated vases” are constructed from rigid PLA 3D printing filament. Their striking visual impact lies in the contrast between the perceived softness of their exterior and the actual rigidity of the material used.
Dominik Raskin’s inflated vases showcase the innovative possibilities of 3D printing with even basic materials, blending art and technology to create unique designs that push the boundaries of our perception.
If you’d like to get your hands on one of these vases, you can head on over to the designer’s website at this link.
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