Jan 17, 2016 | By Kira

The Center for Design in Paris (Lieu du Design) will be opening a special exhibition dedicated entirely to 3D printing technology this spring. Titled “3D Printing, the Factory of the Future” (“Impression 3D, l’usine du futur”), the exhibition will be the first in France wholly devoted to exploring the interdisciplinary and multifaceted topic of 3D printing technology and its undeniable influence on everything from industry, to economics, to creative and social issues, demonstrated to the public through achievements in the fields of 3D design, 3D printed architecture, 3D printed fashion, health, research and 3D printed food.

The 'Lieu du Design' in Paris

The “3D Printing, the Factory of the Future” exhibition is part of a partnership between the Center for Design and the renowned Centre Pompidou, which will open it’s own exhibition dedicated to Art and Research in 3D printing technology in 2017.

According to the Center for Design, which is located in the 19th district of Paris and promotes industrial and design and eco-design within France's economic sector, the 3D Printing exhibit is intended to show both the general public, and private and public sector decision-makers how 3D printing technology, alongside digital design tools, will definitively change how we live, design, create and consume.

Ron Arad's 3D printed D-Frame glasses, above, and 3D printed Gold ring by Lionel T Dean

A second goal of the three-month-long 3D printing exhibition in Paris is to raise awareness about the need to develop a wide-reaching national strategy to make up for France’s perceived ‘falling behind’ in the global digital manufacturing field—despite the fact that, as the Center for Design states, “France is the origin of the first patented and advanced technology regarding software and research materials.”

“3D printing allows for the production of customized small-series runs, rapid prototyping, or unique pieces. Its global market represents €2.7 billion and has shown a yearly growth rate of more than 30%. More and more companies and designers are coming around to the benefits and uses of this important technology,” wrote the Center for Design.

The 3D printing exhibition will include a range of 3D printing projects by various international 3D designers and artists. These include Ron Arad’s 3D printed D-Frames eyewear collection; Lilian van Daal’s ‘soft’ 3D printed biomimicry chair; the Armure 3D printed clutch by Maison 203; and 3D printed gold jewelry by Lionel T Dean, to name just a few.

The Centre for Design’s “3D Printing, the Factory of the Future” exhibition will run from April 1st until June 9th, 2016, and will be followed by several other joint projects and exhibitions with the Centre Pompidou, which will take place in several stages over 2016 and 2017.

Though 3D printing has certainly gained the attention of large international museums and research institutes, with notable works with 3D printed elements purchased by MoMA New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou Paris, Groninger Museum, and many others, this marks one of the first exhibits devoted entirely to exploring the potential new uses and economic opportunities offered by 3D printing technology. If you’re lucky enough to be in the Paris region this spring, be sure to check it out.



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