Graduating to 3D Printed Designs – 4 Recent Examples


Lee-Bath Nelson  

Perfect cut - cutting tools for designers with 3D printed connectors

The 2015 Graduation shows featured some interesting 3D printed design projects in various disciplines: industrial design, jewelry, fashion. Here are 4 very different examples. If you have another favorite, let us know in the comment section.

1. Absorb Your Shock

3D printed shock absorbing shoes designed by Neta Soreq



3D printed shock absorbing shoes designed by Neta Soreq

Bezalel graduate Neta Soreq designed 3D printed shoes. We’ve seen other 3D printed shoes previously many, like United Nude’s collection in Milan, were striking but potentially uncomfortable with jarring, menacing parts. Soreq concentrated on a softer more organic design that focuses on the natural body movement of stepping down. Her designs, Energetic Pass, are inspired by muscle structure and focus all the energy into the step itself creating a different walking experience, acting as shock absorbers. You can see the shoes in action here.

2. That Special Tool

The Perfect Cut - tools (with 3D printed parts) designed by Shih Yen Lo as graduation project

Royal College of Art graduate Shih-Yen Lo wanted to help inexperienced users make precise and complex cuts in sheet materials. In the designer’s experience cutting tools are specific to cut and material. This set is intended to be general, versatile, and precise. In order to achieve this, Lo created custom pieces using 3D printing. More information on the possibilities in this set can be found at Dezeen.

A Bezalel Industrial Design graduate, Or Klein, used frame connectors (that we think are 3D printed) to design modular glasses that can be deconstructed and adapted by the wearer.

3. Print at Home, Wear Outside

3D printed fashion designed by Danit Peleg


3D printed fashion designed by Danit Peleg

Danit Peleg, a Shenkar graduate, designed an entire fashion collection that’s printable at home and yet has elasticity and a softness coming from the FilaFlex material she used. The resulting garments stand out among 3D printed clothes to date in their softness and draping and movement. Some of the created garments have a lace-like quality.

4. Recycle to Print

Hot Wire Extensions designed by Studio Ilio


Hot Wire Extensions designed by Studio Ilio

One technique for 3D printing is to melt nylon powder, while letting the melted nylon be supported by the nylon powder. Usually, a laser is used to cause the melting layer by thin layer. Royal College of Art graduates, Seongil Choi and Fabio Hendry, of Studio Ilio, used a completely different technique. They started from the waste from the SLS partner which typically includes powder and small melted drops, mixed with silica. They then inserted a shape made of wire into a tub of the powder mixture and then sent electricity through the wires. This warmed the wires melting their surrounding powder and creating the final items above.


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  1. Another interesting graduation project is of Olivier van Herpt. He graduated in December 2014; his work was on display during the Milan Design Week at the Design Academy Eindhoven’s exhibition Eat Shit and will be on display during the school’s Graduation Show in October during Dutch Design Week.

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