> posted by   on January 13th 2015

Wish list 2015: New Industry

2. New Industry

System change is inevitable. The next big industrial revolution is 3D printing. This is the true magic of our contemporary times that will change all branches. Automotive and air industries print parts for motors and jet engines to save as much petrol as they can. We print spare parts for home appliances and surgeons use this method to repair our bones, jaws and even organs in the coming future.

During a series of meetings at this year’s Dutch Design Week, a Dutch designer, Joris Laarman, was talking about his new project of printing an iron bridge over a channel in Amsterdam. Four large 3D robots/printers will print this bridge. For two years in the same city, DUS Architects has been printing 3D Printing Canal House. It is no longer “some contemplation” but the beginning of great changes in all industries. In his speech, Joris Laarman also mentioned IKEA, which is currently working on the whole new 3D printing department.

Through continuing improvement and better possibilities, we are already able to have serial productions in small home garages, which only confirms a return to local production.



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Above: 2 x 3D Printed IKEA Dentelle lampshades by Samuel Bernier


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Above: 2 x Mataerial – a large robot that can ‘draw’ three-dimensional sculptures from the ground up, or outwards from a vertical wall, seemingly immune to the force of gravity. Developed by a team of researchers including Petr Novikov, Saša Jokić from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Joris Laarman Studio, the machine extrudes a fast thermo-setting polymer which solidifies on contact with air in a process they refer to as ‘anti-gravity object modeling’.


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 Above:2 x New Balance has developed a proprietary process for utilizing a runner’s individual biomechanical data to create hyper-customized spike plates designed to improve performance. The process requires race simulation biomechanical data which the New Balance Sports Research Lab collects using a force plate, in-shoe sensors and a motion capture system. Advanced algorithms and software are then applied to translate this data into custom 3D printed spike designs.


Above: 2 x Kinematics dress by Nervous System



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