The first time I saw a robot arm in action was in 2010 at an exhibition of Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) during the Salone del Mobile, curated by designer, academic and creative director Ilse Crawford. Of course, the use of robot arms is common in large industries and it was only at the Hannover fair in 2018 I saw the full potential of robot arms: super fast, extremely accurate, and free to move in all directions. Since I am not an engineer or have any experience in automated production lines, you can imagine my admiration for – to me – super complex technology. Anyway, this admiration has led to the blog post of today. In the examples below robot arms are used to create XL furniture, using the freedom of movement of 6 axes, and without the limitation of the size of a 3D printer.
The first XL furniture is a 3D printed chair, called Voxel Chair, by Spanish furniture manufacturer Nagami. The Voxel Chair is the result of software developed by the Design Computation Lab and Nagami, allowing ‘the rationalization of any given three-dimensional geometry into a combination of voxels (3D pixels)’.
Janne Schimmel and Moreno Schweikle graduated in 2018 from DAE with a collection of XL furniture, Return to Default. What you can not see is that the frames of the three seats are 3D printed, and then traditionally upholstered. Their inspiration came from their belief that it is vital to recycle shapes as well. Taking standard office seats, the due digitally stretched, blown up, and morphed the furniture into faintly familiar mutants. The furniture is manufactured by 10XL, ACP International, Vescom, Ecco Leather, and 3D Robot Printing.
Another graduate from DAE is Dirk van der Kooij, who presented his graduation project, a 3D printed chair made from plastic from discarded refrigerators, at the exhibition mentioned in the intro. In his presentation at Design Indaba, a 3-day conference in South-Africa, Van der Kooij explained how he came up to use a robotic arm as a 3D printer.
The Sett CE, designed by Dutch designer Peter van de Water and manufactured by Dutch manufacturer Gispen, has a 3D printed frame, 3D printed by 10XL. Together with TU Delft and Searious Business, plastic cupboard doors have been used to develop a new raw material of which the frame has been made of. Thanks to smart design thinking and a selection of the right materials, all elements in the sofa can be separated and processed into a new product.
The last example is a design from The New Raw, also feature here. The XXX bench, made from household plastic waste and is robotic 3D printed by 10XL and was part of the project “Print Your City-Waterfront” in Thessaloniki, a temporary installation at the waterfront of the city.
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