Windform LX 2.0 materials have been used to create a set of unique 3D-printed Venetian masks.
Collagene mask editor software was instrumental in the project, which used 3D scanning and additive manufacturing techniques to produce the objects made with reinforced polyamide-based materials.
Beginning with a facial scan, the system gathered the data and translated the information into a digital format. The software application, written by the Italian designers of Do The Mutation, generated a custom mask according to the data taken from the individual's facial scan. The three masks were produced by CRP Technology.
On February 10th 2013, the first three of these masks were showcased in one of Venice's famous Carnival parades. The masks were later displayed at Milan Design Week inside the venue [Re]vive in the Tortona District.
This project explored "the border territory between physical and virtual, connecting computer code's abstractions with the intimate, visceral dimension of [the] body".
The topographic anatomy of the face provided the data for a set of algorithms that generate the fibers that form the object under the guidance of a designer, creating a material formation that fits the individual's face perfectly once it has been 3D printed.
The set of masks made in Windform LX 2.0 - a black polyamide-based material reinforced with fiberglass - from CRP Modena using additive manufacturing technology. This production technique is well integrated in the design strategy, allowing designers to create unique objects.
As well as being chosen for the mask project, Windform LX 2.0 is a popular option for industrial applications such as additive manufacturing in the aerospace sector, due to its ability to achieve highly complex geometries with reduced risk of breakings or deformation.