3D Printed Designs at Dutch Design Week 2016

2016-10-19

Nicole Hyman  

Wired Life Tiger designed by Dotsan

With Dutch Design Week 2016 just around the corner, we thought we’d highlight some of the not to missed exhibitions, workshops and lectures for anyone interested in 3D printed designs. In addition, Make It LEO’s Tessa Blokland and Idan Cataife will there so be sure to look out for them.

The design event kicks off on October 22, and is one of the biggest in Northern Europe. This year’s theme is ‘The Making of’, and it pays tribute to makers and their creative process.

1. CHIL-DISH Project

This is a workshop for children which lets them draw their own tableware in whatever shape or form they like. The workshop encourages children to re-imagine what these everyday items look like whether it’s a triangular plate or house-shaped teapot. The ten best drawings will be 3D modelled by CHIL-DISH and printed by Shapeways. There will also be a special Cooking Day where the winners will get to prepare their favorite foods using their 3D printed tableware. This workshop is scheduled for October 22 and October 23 from 11 am – 6 pm.

The CHIL-DISH Project encourages children to re-imagine tableware.
The CHIL-DISH Project encourages children to re-imagine tableware.

The CHIL-DISH Project was initially run as part of the Helsinki Design Week 2015 and 2016. See what happened at one of the first workshops hosted in Helsinki in the video below.

2. The Trophy

Organized by Pierre Niviere, The Trophy is an exhibit which displays a 3D printer powered by human energy. In the exhibit, the 3D printer is connected to a bicycle dynamo. It’s the electricity generated from someone riding the bicycle that is used to power the printer. The Trophy makes one think about just how much effort it takes to 3D print, a process which is generally thought to be effortless. In this way, the exhibit also actively involves the maker in the creation process and perhaps raises some questions about how 3D printing is changing making.

Organized by Pierre Niviere, this exhibit shows how much energy goes into 3D printing.
Organized by Pierre Niviere, this exhibit shows how much energy goes into 3D printing.

In the video below, we clearly see the effort that goes into powering a 3D printer. Niviere is, rather appropriately, dressed as a sportsman and we see how the 3D printing process exhausts him. When the trophy has finally finished printing, it looks as if Niviere has just finished playing a soccer match.

3. Shapeways EXPO

The Shapeways EXPO is a 9 day long exhibition where makers from the Dutch 3D printing community will have the opportunity to show off their work. The 3D printed designs on display will range from jewelry and fashion accessories to musical instruments. There may even be some designs on sale (image up top was designed by Dotsan and is from a previous EXPO).

A tour of the Shapeways factory.
A tour of the Shapeways factory.

The EXPO will run from October 22 – October 30. Some of the makers will give short presentations about their work daily from 1 pm to 3 pm. During the EXPO, visitors will have the opportunity to sign up for a Shapeways factory tour. Make It LEO’s Tessa Blokland will be attending the EXPO so be sure to keep an eye out for her.

4. Masterclass Design for Additive Manufacturing

From last year's masterclass. The Make It LEO team can be seen back left
From last year’s masterclass. The Make It LEO team can be seen back left

Organized by Additive Industries, this masterclass will explore the opportunities, challenges and potential applications of additive manufacturing. The lecture aims to inspire designers and engineers alike to use this technology to its full potential. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and discuss insights after the lecture. This masterclass is scheduled for October 27 from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm.

5. Look how we see design!

Explore what design really is with Cube design museum.
Explore what design really is with Cube design museum.

This lecture and exhibition, presented by Cube design museum, aims to explore what design is. Viewers will be taken on a virtual tour of different design trends which will include the museum’s thoughts on where design is headed. In addition to lectures and a movie, there will be an exhibition on 3D printing. This will run from October 22 – October 30 from 11 am – 6 pm.

Planning to attend Dutch Design Week? We’d love to hear about your favorite 3D printed designs. Share your comments and suggestions below. For more inspiration and information follow us on Pinterest or subscribe to our newsletter for weekly updates.

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