The clothing industry can and must become more sustainable. If an article of clothing meets the specific wishes of the wearer – in terms of fit, material and colour – full clothes racks in shops are unnecessary. Rosanne van der Meer combines 3D knitting with an on-demand system.
Designs with the main feature ‘3d printed’
More and more materials can be printed in 3D, including clay. Olivier van Herpt built a 3D clay printer. The designer can influence the machine as it prints. And because clay is a changeable material, chance also plays a part in the printing. This gives rise to a craft product created with the latest technology.
A prosthetic arm can be heavy, expensive and uncomfortable, as was discovered by a jewellery maker who had lost her arm and was fitted for a prosthesis. Roel Deden developed an attachment for her that is more of tool than a replacement of a body part.
Dirk van de Kooij is researching whether recycled materials can be used in a pulverised form, to which auxiliary materials are added directly, making energy-intensive processing of recycled materials unnecessary.
Bastiaan de Nennie merges the digital and physical worlds. Objects from the pre-digital age are scanned, the scans are dissected and the components are used as building blocks for new digital creations. Objects are reused in a digital workshop, in a manner of speaking.
With the Mycelium Project, Studio Eric Klarenbeek aims to offer an alternative to plastics and bioplastics in the relatively young market of 3D printing. The chair is printed with mycelium, a network of hyphae. Instead of melting layers of plastic together, Eric Klarenbeek uses mycelium as ‘living glue. The basic raw material is vegetable waste.
The 3D Print Canal House is a three-year research project in which DUS Architects, in collaboration with a number of national and international partners, work on the printing of a canal house to study the possibilities of 3D printing in architecture.
Experiments with and research into 3D programmes and production methods for fashion and interior design where production and choice of materials are interlinked. 3D printing means that you only produce what you need, where you need it, using only the amount of material you need. Embellishments, zips and so on can be integrated into the fabric.
The marriage of traditional jewellery craftsmanship with technological innovations fosters a dialogue between tradition and innovation, the hand-made and the mass-produced, low tech and high tech. 3D printing signals a revolution in the jewellery design industry. The computer-controlled printer builds up the designed product layer by layer. Today, the process can print on over fifteen materials including natural materials such as metals, sandstone, rubber and gold.
3D printing is a technique that enables making shapes that would be impossible to create by hand. The product is a computer file that users can download from the net, so the chosen design can be altered and printed out anywhere in the world. The method has several advantages: items no longer need to be kept in stock, and there are no transportation and shipping costs.