Thanks to the mad geniuses at Carnegie Melon University, we can now look to 3D printers for the hair we’ve always dreamed of, the moment we dream of it. (So long as the hair you’ve always dreamed of is made from plastic.)
The technology is capable of producing soft strands, fibres and bristles, and users can dictate the length, thickness and colour of the ‘hair.’ Its software works with existing 3D printing programs and allows users to identify areas on their designs where they’d like artificial hair. Like on the knuckles of this creepy finger they made.
So far, we’ve only seen it implemented on a few toys, models and a brush, and we’re a ways away from having printers adding select hair style directly to our heads (um, ouch), but we see plenty of potential.
For example, if you’re the type of person who likes to switch it up, using the rainbow acronym ROYGBIV as a guide for daily hair styles, this could be useful if the tech develops, allowing you to design your wig style and colour each morning.
The technique was apparently inspired by the residual string that appears when you pull a hot glue gun away from its target. They could’ve just as easily been inspired by pizza. (Pizza is more inspiring, isn’t it?)