Verwendung von Grasshopper Xylinus und Ouroboros zur Entwicklung von 3D-Drucken ohne Fahrbewegungen / Using Grasshopper Xylinus and Ouroboros to develop 3D-Prints without travel movements

Daniel Westhof

November / November - 2021

Kunsthochschule Kassel



"Ouroboros" is a digital tool for developing products that are 3D printed with large nozzles. In order to avoid the messy surfaces that result from travel movements, Ouroboros is used to connect all the print paths into one large path. Thus, the whole print can be done in one go. This results in 5 times shorter printing times and a beautiful, uniform surface with a special texture and feel. This makes the 3-D printer a practical tool for small-batch production. A first product is a wardrobe. The fact that decentralized production has social relevance was demonstrated at the beginning of 2020. At that time, I was able to donate over 500 Faceshields because of my speed advantage. Ouroboros is implemented in Grasshopper, a visual programming interface for the CAD program Rhino. So the entire workflow from design to print code is all possible directly from within Rhino.