Amanda J sez, "Inspired by Bruce Sterling's novella, Kiosk (which I read based on a Boing Boing link in 2008), I've designed hair clips for printing in 3D. Hoping for some remixes, and some 2d design to go with them!"
In 2008 I read a novella by Bruce Sterling called Kiosk. The main character, Borislav, is a humble, limping man from a cold, Eastern European country who owns a street kiosk selling 3d printed tchotchkes. A young girl called Jovanica is a regular customer - returning day after day with her pocket-money to buy 3d printed barrettes, hair clips and scrunchies - she's the trend setter of the area. She picks out the coolest hair toys and leads the next hair toy craze - with Borislav's kiosk being the only supplier.Jovanica's Hair Toys - 3d Printed Hair Clips (Thanks, Amanda J!)
I could never get that story out of my head, and for the last fortnight I've been designing my own 'hair toys' - 3d printed hair clips for modification, alteration, customization and use. Now, 3d printing is easy in stories, but this design took me 16 iterative builds to perfect - it features 3 different plastic springs, a custom snap fastener, and a flexible grip for the hair. I am rather pleased with it - it's utterly reliant on being printed in plastic - it relies on the mechanical properties of the PLA.
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.