Oct 18, 2016 | By Tess
Every year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) presents a number of impressive projects and products that have been realized with the help of 3D printing. In fact, the week-long design event has increasingly emphasized its focus on additive manufacturing technologies and their various design applications. Last year, for instance, a whole exhibition was dedicated to 3D printed footwear, which we were fortunately enough to experience first hand. This year, we can expect to be impressed once again, with the presence of such innovative designers as Jesse Howard and Jesse Kirschner, whose 3D printed projects have been on our radar for quite some time.
The Netherlands-based designers, who over the past two years have introduced Keyshapes, a series of 3D printed modular furniture connectors, and launched an open-source 3D printed desk lamp, are now ready to present their latest series called “Standard Products”. The collection, which consists of digitally-crafted furniture accompanied with an online-platform for reimagining and designing products, will not only be featured at the upcoming DDW (running from October 22 to 30th in Eindhoven), but has also launched through a Kickstarter campaign.
As Howard and Kirschner explain, “Standard Products is a web-based platform where users create their own products from a collection of digital designs by selecting the dimensions and materials that will define the finished product.” In other words, with their new product the designers have not only continued the modular nature of their work, but have also added a whole new level of customization to it.
With Standard Products, users will begin by choosing a basic furniture structure, such as Stool One or Cupboard One, and then, using the online interface, will be able to adjust different parameters such as dimensions and material to make the piece that they want. From there, the interface can generate the 3D printable components which can be used to build and connect your custom piece of furniture.
As the Kickstarter page explains, there will be three different ways to create a Standard Product. The first is a DIY process in which the designers send the user the 3D files for the connectors, which are then 3D printed at home and assembled along with the user’s own building materials. Alternately, the user can choose to have the 3D printed parts sent to them by the design duo, which will just leave them with the task of purchasing the other build materials and assembling the piece. The third method removes the DIY aspect entirely, as they would just sent you the complete product.
The first two products launched through the Kickstarter campaign are the Stool One and the Cupboard One, though the designers are reportedly working on expanding the collection. Stool One, for its part, is made up of eight 3D printed components which have been specially designed and tested for optimal strength and style. Cupboard One is a modular structure that uses sleek 3D printed parts to create a minimal, stylish, but still sturdy storage cupboard. The latter can also be modified into shelving units, from small shoe shelf, to a full-sized bookshelf.
Notably, the material used for the 3D printed components is quite important, as it must be strong enough to hold and maintain the weight of a person, books, or shoes. To achieve this, Howard and Kirschner worked closely with DSM’s department of engineering plastics to develop a plastic strong enough to accommodate these uses: Nexeo Novamid®ID. Of course, if you opt to 3D print the components at home, you should take the material strength into account.
The Kickstarter campaign for Standard Products is seeking to raise €10,000 by November 10th, which will allow the designers to further evolve their products and the design platform. Rewards for backers include a digital download for the 3D printing files along with a list of standard materials and assembly instructions (€10), a set of 3D printed components made from Nexeo Novamid®ID, along with assembly instruction (€50), and the complete assembled piece of furniture (€140 to €350). For a set of four standard stools (pre-assembled) backers can pledge €450. If you get the chance to visit Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, be sure to check out the designers' work.
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