Nov 15, 2016 | By Benedict

Biens Communs 3D, a 3D printed homeware startup based in Montreal, Canada, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its first line of products. The startup uses wide-diameter printer nozzles and 0.5 + mm layer heights to rapidly print large objects like 3D printed lampshades and vases.

3D printed Ma-Vase

Though 3D printing has been used sporadically throughout the design world since the turn of the millennium, certain "growing pains" remain between the worlds of craft and technology. The problem for designers is that 3D printing is generally still seen as a technical tool, and consumers are therefore wary of associating artistic beauty with a technology that is first and foremost used to create prototype devices for cars, machines, and other systems that prioritize function over form.

Fortunately, the 3D printing and design landscape does appear to be becoming increasingly promising, and Canadian startup Biens Communs 3D is a fine example of a design studio harnessing the power of additive manufacturing to create stylish and unique items for the home in a way that fully dispenses with the idea of 3D printing as a prototyping tool for industrial manufacturers. The small collection of minimalist pieces created by the Quebecois studio repurposes additive technology for artistic means, taking full advantage of distinctive features that 3D printing is best equipped to create: precise geometric patterns; seamless, single-piece objects; and one-off production.

3D printed Bathtub Vide-Poche

The first collection from Biens Communs, named the “Ramen Series” because of the noddle-like patterns on its constituent items, consists of five unique 3D printed pieces: the Minimal Mason Mount a.k.a MMM ($17 CAD), the Bathtub Vide-Poche ($40 CAD), the Ma-Vase ($75 CAD), the Ramen Pendant Light ($185 CAD), and the Tilt Lamp ($220 CAD). Created through a generative design script and 3D printed in thick layers of biodegradable plastics, the items in the Ramen Series have a distinctive appearance, thanks in part to the thick extrusions made with 1.0 - 1.2 mm E3D volcano nozzles, and also thanks to the gCode used to print the items directly without CAD software.

Needing to create 3D printed items with aesthetic appeal and functional value, Biens Communs took care to choose the right filament for its Ramen Series objects, and settled on companies Proto-Pasta (USA) and Form Futura (Netherlands) to provide the 3D printing materials for the FFF 3D printers being used for production. These materials included composites like matte-fiber, iron, and carbon fiber PLA, which gave the printed items the desired surface appearance and feel. For the lighting products, heat-resistant materials like Proto-Pasta’s High Temperature PLA were required.

3D printed Ramen Pendant Light

3D printed Minimal Mason Mount

“Prints in iron and copper, though more expensive to make, have a real weight to them,” said Guy Snover, founder of Biens Communs. “The Tilt Lamp base is printed hollow and the filled with a mixture of plaster and sand, that not only gives the base the functional weight it needs but drastically changes your perception of the material.”

To take the Ramen Series to production, Snover and Biens Communs have launched a Kickstarter campaign for the collection, through which customers can order any combination of the five items in a range of colors. The campaign has a target of 5,000 CAD, over half of which has already been pledged. Estimated delivery for all items is March 2017.

3D printed Tilt Lamp



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Guy Snover wrote at 11/15/2016 8:32:29 PM:

Thanks for posting my project 3ders!!!!! xoxo

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