Protective Styling hairclips

A work in progress project, designing and prototyping, protective styling hairclips. To this WIP page more prototypes, finished products and presentations will be added as they come in.

Protective styling is a hair styling method where the hair is braided or simply knotted in on itself. Always protecting the tips of the hair.

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The different prototypes were designed in fusion 360. And then 3d printed for testing. The previous and next 3d prints were made with a Formlabs SLA printer. Printing a flexible resin, which is washed and cured under UV light.

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The prototypes come out of the SLA printer, upside down, scaffolded and angled for the laser to have the optimal effect. The scaffolding is removed after washing and curing. Afterwhich the prototype is finished further by removing the scaffolding marks left on the surface.

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Other prototypes were printed using an FDM Ultimaker printer. Filament is heated in a head and deposited layer by layer to build the finsihed article. In some cases support structures are also used here, to prevent printing in mid air.