May.1, 2012

Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij presented his new pieces as part of the domus exhibition 'the future in the making' during milan design week 2012. You probably still remember his impressive 3D printing robot that squeezes the material out of a tube, layer by layer built the object up. Dirk Vander Kooij uses recycled materials as feedstock and the robot can create all kinds of furniture and household items.

For showing the diverse possibilities of 3D printing robot Dirk Vander Kooij created "satellite lamp".

(Photo credit: dirk vander kooij)

The satellite lamp was made from ground-up recycled CD cases. Three fluorescent lights have been placed between the layers, each with a different color temperature to emit different luminosities. Dirk Vander Kooij's 3D printing robot was made out of a modified automotive assembly line. Because the industrial machine uses a similar method of control programming to 3D printers, Dirk Vander Kooij was able to refit the robot with an extrusion head and a material feed to create a 3D printing robot. This robot has lower resolution than a normal 3D printer but it is perfect for Dirk Vander Kooij's concept. Kooij claims his robot has a very fast printing speed that can produce 4,000 chairs per year. So instead of taking 7 days to create a chair, his 3d-printing robot takes only 3 hours.

(Photo credit: inhabitat)

Dirk Vander Kooij's approach would bring big changes to furniture manufacturing with the promises of 3D printing. Designers could make anything they can imagine in a few hours instead of spending days making a mold first. At present, his furniture with a price tag of $1000 for an "Endless" chair is only limited to the budgets of collectors.


Source: inhabitat


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