3-d Printing Gets: Thoughtful
Where does technology fit in when artisanal craft is making a comeback? By celebrating the mistakes made by machinery and elevating them as a design feature, of course.
Olivier van Herpt has programmed a 3-d printer to do just that, creating ceramic products on a medium to large scale. Its settings can be tweaked to materialise different textures, surfaces, shapes and forms, resulting in one-of-a-kind outcomes that demonstrate the thinnest possible 3-d printer ceramic layers today. As a recipient of the ‘Keep An Eye’ grant for 2015, van Herpt has been awarded €11,000 in recognition of his promising product development.
How else might an authentic aesthetic be achieved through the use of technology? What are the implications of consumer desire for a ‘handmade’, artisanal look in product design? How does this impact our perception and value for perfection, or a sleek, finished appearance?
Collettivo Cocomeri has a different approach to flaws: their Felfil Evo is a filament extruder for 3-d printers enabling users to create new products from their own waste. The Evo is an improved version of the original Felfil, designed to produce filament from recycled materials such as unwanted, damaged or flawed prints. It is intended to be more user-friendly, durable and compact than its predecessor, carrying out the process at the push of a button.
What other recycling and manufacturing processes could be developed to reduce or re-use waste generated from 3-d printing efforts? How could this be applied to 3-d printing in other industries, such as with edible or medical uses?