Hydro-Fold by ECAL/Christophe Guberan

Christophe Guberan, a student of Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL), conceived the Hydro-Fold consisting of an inkjet printer  whose end product are pieces of paper which ‘pleat’ into 3D foms. The machine prints a mixture of water and ink that causes the paper to fold automatically along wet lines and humid areas. It’s hooked up to a computer that can be used to generate patterns for different fold configurations.

Synopsis: The idea is to give shape to paper through the simple use of water, adapting an existing printer to control the phenomenon. This experimental approach allowed me to explore new avenues of research,” explains Christophe Guberan. Indeed, this project is based on a totally new experimental process which, using a printer, a simple sheet of tracing paper and water, creates a transition from 2D to 3D, generating tiny volumes in just a few minutes.

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