Schools and especially design schools are a base for innovation and serve as a mirror which reflects today’s state of mind. Following the first graduation post a couple of weeks ago, here are 8 more projects integrating 3D printing as a mature technology and method of production. These projects tell us a lot about where the industry is headed and highlight how 3D printing is becoming a seamless part of the manufacturing process.
From Atoms to Jewelry
In her project GeMolecule, Bar Elias a recent graduate of the Department of Jewelry and Fashion at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design researched gemstones. Using 3D printed nylon, silver, and gemstones, she explored the unique molecular structure of precious stones, leading to their characteristics such as strength and color, down to their final shape and finish. The completed pieces of jewelry derive inspiration from the atoms composing the stones and the way they connect, bringing a new perspective to one of nature’s resources.
For Times of Crisis
For his graduation project, Amir Argov, Industrial Design Graduate from Bezalel, designed a set of elements to rebuild the objects needed after a natural disaster. The 3D printed connectors can be used to construct objects such as crutches or furniture, helping the population adapt and regain a sense of everyday life.
Back to the Future
Project T.O.S.T., which stands for Topology Optimized Skateboard Trucks, won the design category and the best student project at the 3D Pioneers design challenge. Philipp Manger, a student at Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena (University of Applied Science) in Germany, used topology optimization to create reduced weight internal geometries. In the words of the judges: “It’s so lightweight, that even Marty McFly could hover on it”.
Adi Karni’s project 3D Printed Embroidery, from the Department of Jewelry and Fashion at Bezalel, was created to bridge the gap between the traditional craft of embroidery and technological advancements such as 3D printing. The collection was developed in collaboration with a research group led by Prof. Shlomo Magdassi from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, focusing on materials science and nanotechnology. Karni believes that it is our job as designers to act as intermediaries between functionality, technology, material, and culture.
The Beauty of Repairs
ֿDo-Fix is a project designed by Nazli Terzioglu a Ph.D. graduate in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art. The project explores the possibilities of repairing, focusing on highlighting repairs rather than treating an object as broken, misshapen or disregarding it all together. Terzioglu created repair kits combining more traditional fixing methods such as patching and kintsugi with technologies such as 3D printing.
Design for Religion
MyZuzah is a 3D Printed Mezuzah designed by Sofi Alhazov who recently graduated from the Department of Jewelry and Fashion at Bezalel. The project presents a new take on the traditional Mezuzah, a Jewish artifact, meant to protect the house and its inhabitants. Alhazov uses 3D printing together with gemstones as well as silver and gold leaves, creating a sense of play individuality and intimacy in a commonly practiced ritual.
TORY by Noa Rich began at the ALYN Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Jerusalem examining the need for small therapeutic personal spaces within the public space of the hospital. Rich, an Industrial Design graduate at Bezalel, designed a system that creates temporal solutions relating to the different human and architectural needs of the hospital’s patients. Using textile and 3D printing she created 3 object/spaces providing an intimate and safe place for child and therapist.
Not Just a Student
Nina Gregg, a Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) student, already has her own line of 3D printed jewelry. Her process includes creating prototypes in various materials such as clay, 3D scanning them and eventually 3D printing them, by doing so the digital fabrication method gets a personal touch.
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