PLA and ABS are staples when it comes to 3D printing on desktop FDM based 3D printers. These are the two most commonly used materials which are used to create hard, rigid objects via 3D printing. However, relatively recently, there has been an increased use of flexible filaments. These flexible materials provide an additional option for designers looking to 3D print objects that can be used for the creation of bendable products, as well as items that provide a little give or cushion, rather than just being rock hard. We’ve seen these flexible filaments used in everything from 3D printed bendable prosthetic hands, to cushions for the inside of shoes, and even in the creation of entire shoes themselves.
Ignacio Garcia, the founder and CEO of Recreus, the company behind one of the leading flexible filaments, FilaFlex, has just come up with quite the unique design. Garcia, who is an industrial designer and specialist in filament materials, recently took part in an educational course, created by friend Adam Jorquera and Jorquera’s company Los Hacedores, which teaches MODO 801 modeling software. “Jorquera, in my opinion, is one of the best 3D printing and open source Spanish language speakers,” Garcia told 3DPrint.com.
During the course, Garcia learned how to model with MODO, and also learned something called the “baking texture geometry” which allowed him to create a fuzzy-like texture via 3D printing.
“My inspiration came from the fuzzy bear by Robo and the Flexible Watch by XYZ Workshop,” Garcia told us. “I tried to mix these concepts in creating the watch with a fuzzy texture, and also an interchangeable, flexible watch band. Finally I designed the fuzzy watch band, made with Filaflex filament. The texture is extremely high grip and very striking.”
Garcia printed the watch bands out on his LEWIHE 3D Printer, at speeds of 100mm/s, using a layer heigh of 0.3mm and an extruder temperature setting of 230ºC. For the watch faces, he found cheap watches on eBay for under $5.00 and then inserted them into the band. The bands, not only have an incredibly unique fuzzy look to them, but also are very flexible, stretchy and comfortable to wear.
It’s really nice to see the CEO of Filaflex take such an interest, in not only creating great filament, but also coming up with his own unique designs for his customers to print out for free. He has also uploaded previous designs for several different shoes, which from what I hear are quite comfortable to wear. Let us know if you have printed out one of these Fuzzy Watches, and what you think of this unique design in the 3D Printed Fuzzy Watch forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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