Folding as a computational design strategy for 3D printing
Marcelo Coelho
Skylar Tibbits
Hyperform addresses the limitation of small 3D print-volumes by identifying a computational and material folding strategy that can allow large scale objects to be compressed into a minimal volume, maximizing the printing capability of desktop 3D printers.

While 3D printers are becoming increasingly accessible and capable of rivaling the quality of professional equipment, they are continually limited by smaller and smaller print volumes. This places severe constraints on the type and scale of objects one can create. Hyperform offers a new design strategy for relocating density from large objects into small, densely packed, volumes that can be printed then reconfigured into large, functional, objects. A chandelier, eight-times the volume of the 5” cubed 3D print, was  produced. A fifty-foot linear chain was also produced from this technique showing the extreme size of objects that are now possible by utilizing computational folding and low-cost 3D Printers.

Hyperform is the winner of the Next Idea Award at Ars Electronica 2013.