Pushing the boundaries of 3-D printing, MIT and Stratasys have teamed up to create fibrous masks for Bjork. Yes, she’s at it again. Using material ecology (the fusion of science, design and biology) to produce materials of collogen fibres emulating bone, muscle and hair in various opacities. Molded precisely to Bjork’s head, it moves in perfect syncronicity.
photos: Santiago Felipe
Brought to you by SOLS, this 5 layer boot is custom scanned and printed as an exoskeleton with the remaining inner layers utilizing air bags, sole and leather finishings. It will expand and tighten according to motion to optimize fit and is certainly a foot in the right direction…
3D printing continues to take small leaps and bounds as adventurers literally spin out innovative adaptations like that of Nervous Systems, Massachusetts and their kinematically designed frock. Made from over 2200 modular, triangular pieces that move individually allowing fluid, fabric like motion. 21st Century chainmail. So wonderfully innovative that MoMa NYC has bought it to place in their museum. Printed through Shapeways, it involved ‘folding’ the stl. file within the parameters of printing capacity. A remarkable, technological feat that is equally delicate and beautiful.
Scientists from MIT have developed new materials as light as aerogel only 10,000 times harder and may soon revolutionize chassis for automobiles, aerospace and other tech industries. Its secret lies in the structure at a molecular level that is 3D printed using a method called,micro-stereolithography that form lattice structures that withstand much more than their porous structure. 160.000 times more to be precise. Brave new world, indeed. Read more here: MIT
The process of additive manufacturing is evolving very quickly and it won’t be long before the everyday consumer really feels the impact. For the moment, the novelty lends itself well to the luxury market, whether it’s a printed CAR, HOUSE or more modestly, the customizable Prada shoe! Clients can soon choose not only heels and other modifications on certain styles but have their own initials engraved on the heel. Couture, 21st century style.
A highly innovative design from Deniz Karasahin, Paris won the 2014 A’Design contest for a medical brace. It is not only custom 3-D printed to each patient but because of the material, is waterproof, lightweight, environmentally sound and bacteria-resistant. There are ultrasound probes on the interior that directly touch the skin so regular low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) will stimulate bone reconstruction. Quote: “For single 20 minute daily sessions this system promises to reduce the healing process up to 38% and increase the heal rate up to 80% in non-union fractures”. The structure also allows maximum breathability, reducing infections and itchiness. Impressive.
A few examples how the introduction of 3D printing is quickly transforming our contemporary aesthetics with almost no limits to the imagination…
3D print shoe collaboration with Iris Van Herpen and Rem Koolhaas
architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger produce world’s first 3D printed room
3D cake decorations.
Stars came out to see the unveiling of the world’s first 3D printed dress (well, Deborah Harry anyhow…) Designed by Michael Schmidt of Lady Gaga/Cher fame (ok?) in collaboration with SHAPEWAYS, the resulting linked nylon was sprayed black, sprinkled with Swarovski and poured over the VERY beautiful Dita Von Teese. Oolala!
Working between Europe and Brazil, Andreia Chaves is a design consultant for several international companies. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Andreia Chaves’ work captured the attention of international media even before her graduation from Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy in 2010 with her invisible shoe. That is not a surprise.
Possibly the most disruptive technology since the internet, 3D printing is revolutionizing how design is approached and is bound to lead to some increasingly complex aesthetics. The video really says it best.