Blog Pick :: Hydro-Fold

By Angeline Focht, BArch Candidate

Christophe Guberan, a student at Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL), has created a printer and ink which when printed, cause a sheet of paper to contort and fold in on itself. Read the article here.

If you're wondering how this works, it has to do with the specialized ink. A mixture of pigment and water, the ink causes a 2-d sheet of paper to contort as it dries, which results in a 3 dimensional shape. It is a fantastic new way to explore how lines can become edges and surface planes can form volumes.

This method simplifies what would otherwise be a complicated process of Rhino modeling then intricate manual folding. Printing out a pattern can shorten this process to a matter of minutes.

Check out this video on the Creative Applications Network, to see the process: