Graduation 2019 – The 2nd Round of 3D Printed Projects


Aya Bentur  

Daphna Kaplan - Bezalel - Redesigning the Zipper with 3D Printing

For the last week of the summer, just before the new school year begins, we collected some more graduation projects. We wrote about some of the 2019 graduates at the beginning of the summer, where we highlighted projects using 3D printing to challenge traditional ways of making or thinking. In this round-up, the recent graduates of 2019 incorporated 3D printing in their projects in various ways, from research and sustainability to questioning morphologies of known objects. Here both the topics of the projects vary as well as the way 3D printing was employed. Student works, while mostly on the experimental side, offer a glance at the state of the ecosystem from the creative perspective. Here is our 2nd round-up of graduation projects for 2019.

1. 3D Action

Yael Akirav, a recent Industrial Design graduate from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, mentored by Dori Regev, used 3D printing as a conductive element as well as a structural one. The filament, 3D printed directly on textile, acts as the skeleton for the origami-inspired light fixtures. The action of unfolding, stretching or extending, replaces the common action of the switch, offering a new way of interacting with a light fixture.

Yael Akirav - Bezalel - 3D printed origami light fixtures

2. 3D Printing Erosion

Another Bezalel graduate, Elie Cardozo Tenenbaum offers a new interpretation of temporality in his graduation project Memento Mori. For his graduation project mentored by Tal Gur, in collaboration with Professor Filipe Natalio from The Weizmann Institute of Sciences, he addressed the topic of monuments and memorials. Using biopolymer composites he pre-programmed erosion morphologies, and 3D printed the material to enable erosion over time, referencing temporality in life and in memory.

Elie Cardozo Tenenbaum - Bezalel - 3D Printed Memorials - Memento Mori

3. Making Waves

Not a graduate yet, doctoral student, Erynn Johnson of the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn University, uses 3D printing in researching the evolution of snail shells in withstanding ancient predator fish. She 3D printed structures resembling shells that existed a couple hundred million years ago, to better understand ancient marine ecosystems as well as future changes in our ecological ecosystem. Johnson’s research and the unexpected use of 3D printing are making waves in the fields of ancient marine life and paleontology.

Erynn Johnson Penn University - 3D Printed Shells - insights into ancient marine ecosystems

4. Air and Sustainability

Mats Beckman who recently graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen created a 3D printed menswear collection which was was awarded the KADK’s UN Sustainable Development Award. He used a flexible compostable filament to create the garment and accessories, in order to compensate the fact the material is not breathable the design is an airy structure that allows airflow.

Mats Beckman Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Copenhage - 3D Printed Menswear

5. The Sustainable Choice

Another sustainable 3D printed solution comes from the Faculty of Multimedia Communication at Tomas Bata University, where postgraduate student Lucie Trejtnarová created an organic 3D printed shoe collection. The collection combines 3D printing with sustainable materials such as coconut leather, and Piñatex, a textile made from pineapple leaves. Trejtnarová used 3D printing for the creation of the insoles, specifically TPU-based Flexfill 98A from Fillamentum. The characteristics of the material allowed Trejtnarová to use 3D printing for both the prototyping phase as well as the final production phase of the outsoles, enabling both durability and flexibility as well as recyclability.

Lucie Trejtnarova organic 3D printed shoe collection

6. Changing the Curve

Some things have been the same for years, the zipper is one of those products. Bezalel graduate, Daphna Kaplan set to redesign the zipper using 3D printing. Using parametric design she designed a series of zippers with different forms, curves, and characterization. The project, mentored by Safi Hefetz, is named RichRach, a Hebrew onomatopoeia for the word zipper (up top).

Good luck to the recent graduates and to the students making their first steps next year. We look forward to seeing your work in the AM ecosystem!

We’d love to hear your thoughts and impressions from graduation season. If you have a project you’d like to share email us or 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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