COLLAGENE is a software written to create adaptive and customizable masks


our future is made of plastic and is being gradually spat out of a 3D printer. the COLLAGENE project, developed by DO THE MUTATION, explores the border between physical and virtual, connecting computer code’s abstractions with the intimate, visceral dimension of body alteration brought by the mask theme. the topographic anatomy of the face acts as input for algorithms that generate the fibers that form the object, creating a material formation that after 3D printing perfectly fits its territory, people’s faces.


the masks are produced as unique pieces through 3D printing and WINDFORM materials provided by CRP GROUP . WINDFORM LX 2.0 is the material chosen for this state-of-the-art application of generative design and it is a black polyamide-based material reinforced with glass fiber used in high performance fields from motorsport to aerospace industry. it is aesthetically pleasant, able to preserve in time the chromatic features, showing important mechanical characteristics that allow to create highly complex geometries avoiding the risk of breakings or deformations. the feeling on the skin is nice, allowing for a long-lasting dressing.



3D collagene mask editor3D printers work by taking data from a virtual, computer-designed face model



COLLAGENE . mask editor from do the mutation on Vimeo.



3D collagene mask editor3D printed mask


3D collagene mask editorprocess: scanning people faces



3D collagene mask editorprocess: generating the masks



3D collagene mask editorprocess: 3-D printing the masks



3D collagene mask editormask one



3D collagene mask editormask two



3D collagene mask editormask three



3D collagene mask editordetail


3D collagene mask editordetail




3D collagene mask editordetail


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