It has the flow, texture and properties of real hair, but it’s 3D printed plastic in the form of 3D-printed hair.

This is exactly what Jifei Ou, a PhD student from MIT, wanted to achieve. Ou has created 3D-printed hair – he calls it “cilllia” with three l’s – that has an array of practical applications. The hair can be used in jewelry design, adhesives much like Velcro or even as an actuator.

Watch the video below to see what else the 3D-printed hair has been used for.

Source: MIT Media Lab

Video and images credit: Jifei Ou, et al.