Tessa’s Weekly Picks – Zippppping 3D Printing


Tessa Blokland  

Nendo Redesigns Zipper YKK - 3D Printed

One of the most impressive 3D printing projects I had seen during the Milan Design Week was from Japanese design studio Nendo. This year Nendo decided to showcase the collaboration with 10 different Japanese manufacturers, by not only showing the end results but also the process towards the end products. And it was the process that really inspired me; it bridged the nice little drawings from the studio to the breathtaking end products!

One of the presented collaborations is with YKK, one of the world’s largest zipper manufacturer, based in Japan. For the company, Nendo came up with 5 new zipper concepts, which one is the concept of fastening three elements to one (see top image and below). That is one of the great advantages of 3D printing and using 3D drawing software in particular. By enlarging a small product, such as a zipper and its separate elements, it becomes more clear how a zipper works and how one can change it for other and more advanced usage. By creating a new kind of zipper, it is now possible to bind fabrics three-dimensionally. 3 compartments (for example of tents) can be simultaneously separated or connected together.

If you use 3D printing for a better understanding of how products work, let us know, please. It would be great to learn from you.

LEO Lane_Weekly Pick_Zipping 3D Printing

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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