Jan.6, 2013

Thanks to the declining 3D printer costs, 3D printing is becoming more common. 3D printing is not just a faster and more affordable way to manufacture certain products, for many designers it could result in products that look impossible in form. New York-based architect and designer Francis Bitonti uses advanced technologies like algorithmic form generation and 3D printing to create his work.

A few highlights from the collection:

1. 3D printed squiggle rack

The Squiggle Rack can be made from a variety of materials including, ABS plastic and numerous metals including cast iron and bronze. It was developed using a modular system designed to produce a population of unique three-dimensional structures. The prototype bicycle rack is designed for the New York City Department of Transportation.

"A set of eight parts was used to produce over 800 unique working configurations. An algorithm based on a Cellular Automaton was used to generate all the possible working configurations of bicycle racks." The kit of parts for this prototype was then printed in ABS plastic on a FDM 3D printer.

2. 3D printed Setae flatware

Four independent strands cohere and separate creating a landscape of fibers nestled into the hand. The separation and cohesion of these long linear elements is used to produces local difference to beautifully satisfy the demands of a functional set of flatware. The Flatware is manufactured with the latest 3D metal printing technology and finished with sterling silver.

3. Belts with 3D-printed fasteners

These belts were designed for Katie Gallagher's Spring/Summer 2013 Collection. New York-based architect and designer Francis Bitonti Studio collaborated with American fashion designer Katie Gallagher to realize these 3D printed stainless steel fasteners and leather belts for her collection.

4. 3D printed Bristle chair

Many tiny branches work together to form a rigid structural mass. The chair is developed algorithmically by reconstructing a cloud of independent floating points. Bristol Chair is then manufactured in one ABS plastic part on a FDM 3D printer.

5. 3D printed Reaction table

The legs travel up and blend into the top making many small openings. The top of the table travels down each opening into the leg and then back out the bottom, the table is one complex infinite surface, outside becomes inside and inside becomes outside over and over across the top surface. It's a fabric of space. Reaction Table one of the first of it's kind to use metal 3D printing technology to build full-scale functional furniture. The design was developed using custom developed computer algorithms reconstructed using software used in the medical industry for reconstructing MRI data.

Material: 3D printed stainless steel

(Images credit: Francis Bitonti)





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Miriam wrote at 11/10/2015 2:20:42 AM:

Just like everyone else here, I would like to purchase the flatware. Please let us all know how much it is and if it is, indeed for sale. Miriamjablon@yahoo.com

Tanya McCullough wrote at 9/9/2015 10:36:23 AM:

I SO want a set of this flatware! How do i get it?!

Gloria wrote at 8/20/2015 2:47:21 AM:

How can I purchase the flatware?

katherine domer wrote at 8/19/2015 10:47:36 PM:

I also would like a service for 12 set how do I get them.

Geoff wrote at 8/19/2015 9:21:34 PM:

Your Elvish flatware is a great example of functional art. I would like a set. email g08b@gte.net

Theresa wrote at 8/18/2015 9:12:11 AM:

Is the flatware available for sale? Would love to have them! tootallt13@yahoo.com

John Hindman wrote at 8/17/2015 2:21:21 PM:

Hey, you do great work! Your elvish flatware is beautiful! Do you make these often and are they for sale? Please send the reply to Jhindman91@gmail.com if you have the time. Thank you!!

Joanne Pelc wrote at 8/17/2015 9:15:26 AM:

beautiful flatware, what store are they available in ? How much are they and is it per place setting or is it service for 4 or 8?

kristin wrote at 8/13/2015 11:00:29 PM:

If you are selling the flatware, please let me know.

Cheryl Wright wrote at 8/13/2015 10:59:13 PM:

How much for the Elvish flatware?? Would love to purchase some!

Kennethsheets20@yahoo.com wrote at 8/13/2015 10:13:20 PM:

What's the price on the elvish utensils? You can email me would be great!

Maria Lee wrote at 6/19/2015 5:10:33 AM:

I would really be interested in a set for 12 people of the elvish flatware

GLR wrote at 6/17/2015 11:26:09 PM:

I will pay money for that flatware on this page. How much?

Emily Eruraviel wrote at 6/17/2015 5:28:57 AM:

Would love to buy a set of the flatware

Peggy Smith wrote at 6/14/2015 8:01:46 PM:

Have you thought about mass producing the flatware or selling sets? I'm really interested in buying a set

Peggy Smith wrote at 6/14/2015 7:59:55 PM:

Really interested in the flatware. Have you thought about mass production or selling sets?

amethyst2015@gmail.com wrote at 6/14/2015 2:02:58 AM:

Beautiful flatware how much are the sets wow love them for my handfasting.

Bill wrote at 6/12/2015 7:55:49 PM:

Would love to purchase the flatware. Is it for sale?

Mersea wrote at 5/10/2015 5:38:39 PM:

Gorgeous Silverware! What is the price?

Christina wrote at 5/9/2015 4:24:02 PM:

How much is the 3rd setae flatware? I would love to buy a set.

Judy wrote at 5/9/2015 5:17:35 AM:

How much for flatware??

Lisa.loven wrote at 4/30/2015 7:44:01 AM:

Would you sell the elvish flatware?

FP wrote at 1/14/2013 8:49:36 PM:


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