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Brief Published: 18 Apr 2012

Milan: Hydro-Fold Ink-jet Printer


The Hydro-Fold printer, by Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) design student Christophe Guberan, is an adapted inkjet printer that prints patterns which contort into 3D, origami-like forms.

Guberan replaced the regular ink of an inkjet cartridge with an ink-and-water mixture that, when printed onto paper in various patterns, causes the paper to fold automatically along the wet lines. The printer is also connected to a computer that generates various patterns for different fold configurations.

ECAL will present Hydro-Fold at Milan this week, supplying 3D souvenirs for fairgoers. See the Hydro-Fold printer at work here.

Keep a look out for further design happenings from the Milan furniture fair, which runs until 22 April 2012.