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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