3D printing

by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-01-04 07:06:46 UTC
Sustainability Aspects: The products are printed without any waste. The material is made from recycled refrigerators.

The Story

Endless Rocking Chair

When the first plastic chairs were made, they began with fairly simple tools and moulds to form the plastic. The simple tools were easy to adjust and this gave the designer the chance to evaluate the final product and adjust the tools almost endlessly.

As labour grew more and more expensive, it was filtered out of the process with automated and complicated tools.

These automated processes have been very inflexible until now. High investments in complicated moulds made it almost impossible for a designer to evaluate and refine his final object.

The designer is no longer involved in the production process and the design stage is completely shifted to a pre production phase. As Dirk van der Kooij considered this he found a solution, not in labour but in computerization. By combining different techniques, he was able to design an automated but very flexible process. He taught a robot his new craft, drawing furniture out of one endlessly long plastic string.

This opened the possibility to design in the good old-fashioned way, making a chair, evaluating, refining, making a chair, evaluating, refining and making a chair. Or developing an infinitely large collection of variations. Endless.

Maybe not intended but after the trial and error phase all products can be produced without any waste. And the material is made from recycled refrigerators.

Product: Endless chair
Designer: Dirk van der Kooij
Manufacturer: Dirk van der Kooij
Category: 3D printing
Websites: blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/12/printing_a_chair_from_ground-up_ref.html


Endless Rocking Chair
by Dirk van der Kooij

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