InFoam Printing – 3D printing smart foam elements

Ideated during a five days workshop held by Covestro in cooperation with the architecture faculty of the FH Münster MSA, InFoam Printing is a novel production process to alter the properties of flexible foam by giving it a skeleton which is able to distribute forces differently and create new kinetic effects.

By injecting a hardening material, the team is able to create complex geometries inside the foam.  Dynamic geometries are created using Rhinoceros Grasshopper and injected in the material via UR5 robot arm equipped with a customised injection tool made using Uitimaker 3D printed parts, Arduino and SFB-Industries Pinch Solenoid Valve.

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