Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printed from the Sea


Tessa Blokland  


Today  – I am stuck against the heating – it is cold and wet in the Netherlands. I don’t mind cold, I don’t mind wet, but when it comes to this specific combination, I really long to a warm sea. My last trip to a warm sea was in 2018. Oh, I miss that! But not going on vacation by plane is my contribution to save the planet. Small steps help, you know?! Speaking of which, with what material from the sea could you 3D print objects? This week’s blogpost, inspired by my last vacation to a warm island, is about 3d printed objects from material from the sea.

Ironic as it may be, the first three examples of 3D printed objects are from the sea but not because the raw material is originated from the sea. The New Raw, founded in 2015 by architects Panos Sakkas and Foteini Setaki, started a project with the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation in Athens with the aim to raise awareness of marine plastic pollution by 3D printing shells and objects from collected discarded fishing nets.

Another example of 3D printed objects from ocean plastic is made from 3D printing filaments from Clean Currents. The filament is crafted from plastic collected from the ocean to help reduce the amount of plastic waste in the sea.

Also, globally operating brands think about the future of our seas. Adidas collaborated with Parley to show how the industry can rethink design and help stop the ocean plastic population with a 3D printed ocean plastic shoe midsole. This collaboration celebrates already its 5th anniversary with not only 3D printed shoes but also launching entire product lines and new collaborations to build a better future for our oceans and planet. A big kudos to their achievements.

This 3D printed cup is the result of extensive research by Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros, who developed a bioplastic made from algae, which they believe could completely replace synthetic plastics over time. The aquatic plants are harvested, dried, and processed into a material that can be used to 3D print objects (see top image).

The last 3D printed example from the sea is developed by Ph.D. candidate Marita Sauerwein at the Delft University of Technology. She developed a way to create a 3D printing filament made from mussel shells, fitting within the circular economy philosophy.

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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 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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