When you hear breakthroughs in 3D printing, they usually involve the construction of larger objects such as buildings, artificial limbs and other size items.
The physical media group at MIT\'s Media Lab reversed the \"bigger, better\" trend and used their l33t 3D printing
skills to make 3D-printed micro-
They call it the pillar object of Cilllia.
The team\'s first achievement was not hair, though it was cool.
The first breakthrough is the printing process itself.
No standard CAD software is set to print hair-
Like a bunch of materials, so the team has to build a custom software program from scratch.
\"We have built a software platform that allows people to quickly define the angle, thickness, density and height of their hair,\" said Jifei Ou . \".
\"With this approach, we can 3D print super dense hair surfaces at Micron density.
\"More from Digital Trends: as the software evolves, researchers begin to try out their printing system and use it to generate a variety of different hair --like items.
Lashes can be printed in any hair shape in a range of different thicknesses, and the smallest hair wire can measure an impressive 50 microns.
The holder can be as stiff as a bristles, or as soft as a fur, and can be printed on a flat or curved surface.
Able to print a fur coat for your 3D
Printing pets is useful, but the MIT team has a bigger plan for the technology.
Researchers are developing methods for adding mechanical adhesion, actuators and even sensors to the final product. These add-
Ons allows researchers to create a surface that can react to and interact with the surrounding environment.
In one application, researchers 3D printed a windmill that rotates when it detects vibration.
In another app, they printed a micro
Eyelash pillar pads that can detect finger touch and react to different sliding modes.