Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printing at DDW 2019


Tessa Blokland  

Detail of a 3D printed vase, made of sand. Design by Rive Roshan.

From the 19th to the 27th of October the annual Dutch Design Week (DDW) took place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The highlights of this design event are the Design Academy Eindhoven‘s Graduation Show, the Dutch Design Awards‘ exhibition, and the different World Design Embassies spread around the city. What I like about DDW is that it feels like the birthplace of ideas, aiming to create a better world through creative thinking and collaborations. For several years now, I haven’t seen a lot of new concepts utilizing 3D printing, but what I have seen is the wide experimentation of material developments for this technique. Here are a few examples seen at DDW:

I was very impressed by the 3D printed vases of Rive Roshan, presented by Galerie KRL at Sectie-C. Believe it or not, but the beige sand the vases stood on is the same material the black vases are 3D printed from. How that is done, is the secret trick of Sandhelden, who 3D printed the objects.

Another project I found pretty amazing is the 3D printed Pasta Shootah of Design Academy master graduate Gianmaria Della Ratta, presented at the Graduation Show at the Campina area. With this project Della Ratta wants to translate industrial methods of extruding pasta into the world of 3D printing, bringing new context into a stagnant tradition.

At the Klokgebouw at Strijp-S, Concr3de presented their 3D printer and some 3D printed objects in stone-like materials, like the Stryge below. This object, a replica of the original demon of the Parisian Notre Dame, is 3D printed in the original Parisian limestone, mixed with streaks of ash. The idea behind this object is to show that aged materials from a historical building can be reused through current technology.

At the Veemgebouw I saw the research project from designer Megan McGlynn and material experts from CHEMARTS lab and workshops at the Aalto University. The shapes are 3D printed biodegradable plastic and focus on shrinkage as an intrinsic quality of drying microfibrillar cellulose (MFC). The tests include many different patterns, sizes, and drying temperatures.

The last example of a surprising use of materials in 3D printing is the project of Design Academy bachelor graduate Polina Baikina. With her project Blass, she investigates the possibilities of using a new type of 3D printing that uses bacteria to bind silica powder into glass products. This is clearly a very speculative project, inspired by the use of bacteria to form bio-concrete from sand, and it sure needs more research to see if it is really possible.  Like I said at the beginning of this blog post, DDW is a fantastic platform to imagine new concepts and start new ideas. So, if you have seen more and other unexpected use of materials for 3D printing, at DDW or elsewhere, please let us know.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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