Belgian designer Dominik Raskin, fascinated by the realistic fabric simulations that can be achieved 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 “imitate” because these soft-looking items are printed with rigid plastic.
Raskin’s creative process began with various geometric shapes and experimented with different inflation settings such as pressure, fabric properties, and gravity. Using dynamic fabric simulation within Maya 3D modeling software, he brought these vases to life.
By inflating a geometric shape and adding constraints along certain seams or buttons, he simulated various types of fabric giving his designs the appearance of puffed or puffed materials. The one pictured below, dubbed the “Tuft Vase,” is button-tufted and designed to resemble the aesthetic of a sofa.
Although they appear soft and flexible, these “inflated vases” are constructed from rigid PLA 3D printing filament. Its impressive visual impact lies in the contrast between the perceived softness of its exterior and the real rigidity of the material used.
Dominik Raskin’s inflated vases show the innovative possibilities of 3D printing even with basic materials, combining art and technology to create unique designs that push the boundaries of our perception.
If you would like to get your hands on one of these vases, you can visit the designer’s website at this link.
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