Hydro-Fold – ECAL & Christophe Guberan

Image by ECAL/ Christophe Guberan

Hydro-Fold (no not hygro) is a fascinating technique of folding that automatically begins to assume a three dimensional shape upon being printed from a normal ink jet machine. Invited by its Director Marva Griffin to the 15th anniversary of theSalone Satellite, on the theme “Design Technology”, the ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne) presents an installation by Christophe Guberan, a third-year Bachelor student of Industrial Design. “The idea is to give shape to paper through the simple use of water, adapting an existing printer to control the phenomenon.

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“This experimental approach allowed me to explore new avenues of research,” explains Christophe Guberan. Indeed, this project is based on a totally new experimental process which, using a printer, a simple sheet of tracing paper and water, creates a transition from 2D to 3D, generating tiny volumes in just a few minutes.

Image by ECAL/ Christophe Guberan


Image by ECAL/ Christophe Guberan


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    1. hunter /Reply


      It works with a normal ink-jet printer and a regular sheet of computer paper, however, it requires a very specific mixture of ink and water.


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