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3D Printing: The Future of Design?

The technology behind 3-D printing seems to be getting rapidly more and more advanced. What first started as small-scale models has now become printing clothing and even houses.

Janjaap Ruijssenaars' design, for a home called the Landscape House, is a curious geometrical folly based on the Möbius strip.

Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars wants to be the first person to “print” a building. He’s enlisted the help of Enrico Dini, the inventor of the D-Shape printer – a massive printer that uses a special binder to fuse shapes out of sand. Ruijssenaars plans to use the D-Shape to construct his “Landscape House” as part of the European design competition. His design is based on a Möbius strip, the mathematically curious surface that only has one side.

Dutch designer Iris van Herpen’s eleven-piece collection featured two 3D printed ensembles, including an elaborate skirt and cape created in collaboration with artist, architect, designer and professor Neri Oxman from MIT’s* Media Lab, and 3D printed by Stratasys.

During Paris Fashion Week in January, a multi-material 3D printed cape and skirt were featured on the catwalk for the first time ever. Dutch designer Iris van Herpen’s eleven-piece collection featured two 3D printed ensembles, including an elaborate skirt and cape created in collaboration with artist, architect, designer and professor Neri Oxman from MIT’s Media Lab, and 3D printed by Stratasys. An intricate dress was also designed in collaboration with Austrian architect Julia Koerner, currently lecturer at UCLA Los Angeles and 3D printed by Materialise.

In our COLORevolution trends forecast, we discuss how advancements in rapid prototyping and the cost effective production of 3-D printing machines, will soon allow consumers to download 3-D files of new products to their home computers.  Customizing, adapting or even designing their own products to then be manufactured, using a variety of materials, from the comfort of their own home. This advancement will transform the market place with many more products being locally produced, reducing transportation costs and challenges with over seas labor. Taking “made locally” to the next level.

Check out the COLORevolution presentation HERE.

 Images: objet.com, Fast Co. Design

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