Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have devised an ingenious method for creating lifelike hair fibers the only requires a common, inexpensive fused deposition modeling (FDM) printer. The technique is surprisingly simple: the printer squeezes out a small dollop of molten plastic and then pulls away, stretching the material into a long strand — much like the sticky strings that hot glue guns leave behind.
The Carnegie Mellon team will present their research on November 11th at the UIST 2015 symposium in Charlotte, NC. But before that, they’re going to show off these luscious plastic locks at tonight’s Engadget Live event in Brooklyn. Like you needed another reason to attend.