Pouch Patterns

In this project, I explore a relatively simple way of creating complex and aesthetical shape-change for designers through pouch patterns for soft robotics. Two thermoplastic sheets are sealed together, forming air pockets. Upon inflation, the pouches change shape and shrink. These behaviors are further explored by adding 3D printed textures on top of these pouches. By doing so, the shape will bend instead of shrink. With 3D printing, a designer can be very precise in where these bending behaviors will occur. This adds an extra dimension of functionality, haptic sensations, and aesthetics to the pouch technique. The interesting part is that a variance of behaviors arise using just one material and no loose parts.

Designer Charlotte Bording
Sponsor Amolf