Thermoformed mask

Dot, dot, comma, dash – smiley face in a flash. This children‘s rhyme points out the attributes that define a face: Eyes, nose and mouth. ∆75 is an attempt to create a mask based on those common features to explore the abstract nature of human expression.

Personal project
Köln International School of Design
Cinema 4D
Thermoformed mask.
Thermoformed mask.

A polygonal mesh of a face was created and abstracted gradually to reach the highest degree of simplification while retaining all the essential characteristics. The data was then parsed to a CNC mill to shape the positive from a block of model foam.

Various stages in the making of the mask.
Various stages in the making of the mask.

Due to technical limitations relating to the size of the milling head the sharp edges from the original design got lost in the process. It became necessary to sand the positive and drill holes for the air to escape in the third step of thermoforming.

The positive foam mould.
The positive foam mould.

In the final step the positive was mounted on wooden a base plate and fixed within the thermoforming unit. It then underwent a standard procedure. A slightly thicker plastic was employed to achieve a suitable coloring for the final product.