3D Balloon Printing

By on April 23rd, 2012 in Ideas


Normally one makes solid objects with a 3D printer, but how about making balloons? Yes, real, floaty inflatable balloons. That’s now possible, according to New Scientist, who reported on developments at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
The trick is that they don’t 3D print the actual balloons. Instead, they design and 3D print customized molds in which the shaped balloons are formed using traditional methods. 
This technique should permit the creation of a wide array of new and hopefully crazy balloons. One can imagine a customized balloon shop able to produce artistic products or specialized balloons on demand. 
Image Credit: technicolor76

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!