Synaesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. People who report such experiences are known as synaesthetes

One of our most challenging models to date has been ‘Breath’
We were asked by our client to model an object that a synaesthete sees when he breathes. Tim Layden provided us with a drawing of what he sees.Synaesthete dwg

Synaesthete model 0

We then modelled it a closely as we could. We were allowed a little artistic licence, but we got a pretty good match.

The purpose for the model was so that it could be 3D printed for display in as exhibition about Synaesthesia. The finished model was about 400mm long & made from nylon using the SLS process of additive manufacturing. At the exhibit, if you passed your hand over the piece it made a breathing noise.

Synaesthete 3D print