3D Printing Origami Experiments

paper experiments in 2020.

Experiment 28: Egg Wrapping by Jun Mitani in 3D Printed Origami.
Printed onto Polyester. Pattern made in Rhino Grasshopper.

Experiment 27: Whipped Cream by Jun Mitani in 3D Printed Origami.
I love the pattern this has created. It’s printed with PLA onto Polyester. I tried making some sections empty, I think this made it harder to fold, will try again with all sections filled. Due to the spring in the polyester, it doesn’t want to stay flat without tape on the bottom. Pattern made in Rhino Grasshopper.

Experiment 13: Pako Pako by Tomoko Fuse in 3D printed Origami.
Printed onto Paper this was HARD to print and even harder to fold. I need a bigger 3D printer and a multi-material extruder. Pattern made in Rhino Grasshopper.

Experiment 12: 3D printing the origami solar sail with PLA on a new polyester substrate.
Became an unexpected pop up. Yay! So happy.
Because the 3D printer does all the hard work of making the creases, these take about 1 minute to cut out and just 1 minute to fold.
I am stunned by how smoothly this 3D printed origami Solarsail re-folds.
Origami pattern made in Rhino Grasshopper

Experiments 10: 3D printed origami Domes
PLA on Paper. Worked well.

Experiment 9: 3D printed Muira fold pattern.
Played with a few settings, a few parts came unstuck while folding, but it worked 🙂

Experiments 6, 7 & 8: A 3D printed Origami version of the NASA folding Solarsail.
Success! Also I realised that I don’t need to heat the bed for these to print 🙂

Experiment 5: 3D printing onto mesh creates exciting fabric pattern.
Made using Rhino Grasshopper. Success 🙂 Will definitely play with this more.

Experiment 4: 3D printed origami Resch pattern.
Took about 20 minutes in Rhino Grasshopper to make the pattern and 40 mins to print. Success!

Experiments 2 & 3: Experimental surface pattern with 3D printing, makes this almost crystalline pattern.
Voronoi made in Rhino 3D Grasshopper. Experiment 2 half worked, the nozzle scraped the top surface, so added z-lift for exp 3.

Experiment 1: 3D printing origami.
Made the pattern in Rhino Grasshopper. Success!