aeroMorph: Heat-sealing Inflatable Shape-change Materials for Interaction Design

Jifei Ou

Jifei Ou, Mélina Skouras, Nikolaos Vlavianos, Felix Heibeck, Chin-Yi Cheng, Jannik Peters, Hiroshi Ishii. 2016. aeroMorph: Heat-sealing Inflatable Shape-change Materials for Interaction Design. In Proc of UIST '16. ACM, NY, NY, USA, 121-132.


This paper presents a design, simulation, and fabrication pipeline for making transforming inflatables with various materials. We introduce a bending mechanism that creates multiple, programmable shape-changing behaviors with inextensible materials, including paper, plastics and fabrics. We developed a software tool that generates this bending mechanism for a given geometry, simulates its transformation, and exports the compound geometry as digital fabrication files. We show a range of fabrication methods from manual sealing to heat pressing with custom stencils and a custom heat-sealing head that can be mounted on usual 3-axis CNC machines to precisely fabricate the designed transforming material. Finally, we present three applications to show how this technology could be used for designing interactive wearables, toys, and furniture.

“Honorable Mention Paper Award”, UIST 2016 

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