Richard Clarkson from New Zealand's Victoria University of Wellington's School of Design has sprouted 3D printed "seamless blossoms," that bloom when inflated.
Clarkson made the flowers from a rubber-like material, called "digital material."
"The flower came about as the idea of trying to create this organic form out of this totally nonorganic process and material," Clarkson said.
"Basically it's a curved hollow chamber with flexible rubber," he continued. "As you inflate it, it creates a gap of air which pushes against the other layer. It then forces itself outward and almost looks like a petal."
Actually, it really looks like a petal.
The buds in the center of the flowers can be printed in different colors to enhance their aesthetic qualities.
The whole thing was designed with SolidWorks CAD software.
Researchers have been experimenting with shape changing 3D printed objects for awhile, but those high-tech creations have been aimed at applications in the aerospace industry.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveiled a "smart material" of sorts that changes shape by inserting polymer fibers into traditional 3D printing material last February.
Then in October, a couple of researchers at Colorado University introduced the world to the next step in the technology of shape shifting 3D printing materials by giving the material the ability to contort into several different shapes when exposed to different elements like, heat, water, etc.
Clarkson's creation may not make it into space, but they are pretty.