Exploring designs at the Voxel level.
As the team’s research goes deeper into material behavior and new ways of design, they are exploring possibilities beyond predefined digital materials. Using the GrabCAD Voxel Print utility on the Stratasys J750 multi-material 3D Printer, DManD researchers create products by manipulating materials and structures at precise, point-by-point locations in space, down to the volumetric pixel, or voxel, level.
“Voxel-controlled 3D printing allows us to create microstructure and macroscopic products at a scale and resolution that’s unprecedented. It’s really driven our work to develop new tools that enable people to design with this rapidly emerging manufacturing capability,” said Dunn. With GrabCAD Voxel Print, DManD researchers can create entirely new digital materials designed for specific functional or aesthetic needs of very specialized research projects.
“Voxel control technology really changes the way we think about design,” said Sayjel Patel, Research Associate at SUTD DManD. “Now, we can scan textures from the immediate environment, and create textures and microstructures from these images. We can look at properties in terms of touch, acoustics, structural corrugation or thermal properties, allowing us to prototype very quickly a range of design options.”