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Product designer Roos Meerman creates inflatable sculptures with Ultimaker 3D printers.

Utilizing a unique technique combining 3D printing, glassblowing and blow molding, product designer Roos Meerman has pushed the boundaries of the art and science of 3D printing. Using Ultimaker’s family of 3D printers, Meerman experimented with the idea of inflating 3D sculptures to create unusual works of art. By using compressed air on heated 3D printed objects, she is able to create and experiment with extraordinary shapes. Ultimaker’s line of 3D printers brought Meerman’s ideas to life and can be purchased in the U.S. online and in select stores.

After studying product design, Meerman studied closely the process of creating new products and how innovation technology could inspire creative ideas. While experimenting with an Ultimaker 3D printer, she noticed that when the plastic was hot, it was pliable and able to stretch into new shapes. Utilizing that idea, she used the Ultimaker 3D printers to create 3D printed models of small shapes that she inflated afterwards.

It isn’t pure art or pure science, it’s a combination of the two. I dream of printing objects which can be temporarily inflated and can be deflated back to its original small shape, making it easy to move from one place to another. I would love to continue experimenting with this technique, find new applications for it and push the boundaries.
Roos Meerman
About Ultimaker

Since 2011, Ultimaker has built an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D printers, software and materials that enable professional designers and engineers to innovate every day. Today, Ultimaker is the market leader in desktop 3D printing. From offices in the Netherlands, New York, Boston, and Singapore – plus production facilities in Europa and the US – its global team of over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world’s transition to digital distribution and local manufacturing.