Something about design is going to change. New interpretations of uses and of needs suggest us to find new ways of designing and producing objects. If the last 20 years the design spoke about restyle, the XXI century design push us to think about real needs in a deeper sense. And it do it in an ironical way. The style, of course, became a secondary theme.
Enjoy our design experiment on the video!
DfC will be at Rome MakerFaire on October 3 to 6, an international event for the makers community (and not only). We will have our stand and we’ll proudly present some new stuff we are working about for months. First, we’ll show some of the plastic filaments for additive 3d printing that we are testing and we commercialize them directly at our stand. We’ll also show to the visitors some popular products, sold in the stores of large industrial groups of furniture design, that we have “hacked”. We’ve re-designed them, changing their functionality and form, improving their functionality, quality and usability. This re-design process (and the following production of finished objects or their components) is called design hacking. We strongly believe that the DIY technology should develop and interact, outside and independently, with industrial mass production.
You could meet us in the MakerFaire and we will be happy to show you our works and materials.
Heal your own favourite object when it’s damaged …what a better use for a 3D desktop printer!
Last week Vinz girlfriend’s lamp shade get fused. Vinz loves her girlfriend so he definitely wants torepair it, of course not in a traditional way. He chooses to personalize the lamp shade with WASP 3D printer, using more materials like Nylon, ABS and PLA in different colours. The pictures shows the results, and Vinz shows how much he loves his girlfriend.
Experimentation with new materials continues here in DFC: PET and Nylon are, above all, proving very interesting. Are resistant materials, versatile and that guarantee a good print quality.
In the picture you see we show a comparison of PLA and PET (Polyethylene terephthalate). The latter is very close to the print quality of the PLA and, moreover, without requiring a hot bed! Among the advantages of PET are: high mechanical strength, UV resistance, food safe and, above all, recyclable!
We’re currently testing new kind of filaments for 3d printing with (additive manufacturing). One of this is Polyethylene Terephthalate, aka PET, a thermoplastic polymer resin. It is a very versatile material, commonly known for use in food (eg bottles) but is used in various fields.
We tested the first molded parts for an heavy duty because we want to verify their mechanical strength after undergoing the process of extrusion.
Here are some components for the world sport: guards and protections for sport motorcycles. These components have been stressed, bumped, tried on different bikes and, today, we can be satisfied: they do their job well!
We are just beginning and we want to verify the safety of 3dprinting PET for food and beverage industry. Soon more news for you!
We are working on new plastic materials for 3D printing; we want that new benefits will be available for all those who produce objects with 3D printing. That’s why we are developing new plastic filaments, suitable for most of the 3D printers on the market today, providing new specifications and performance.
For example the ABS is one of the most common materials for 3d printing with fused filaments, so we’ve decided to develop the first filament of ABS flame resistant (V0 flammability class)! We are sure that this will enable the creation of new objects, new possibilities and new functionality.
Follow us for our latest news about the materials we’re testing and for more informations.
We begin to consider 3D printing with the eyes of designers, and this is one of our first products: a USB pen drive to wear. We called it USBone because the texture on the surface makes it seem like the object made from a natural material: the horn. The texture of additive manufacturing technology’s objects looks like its growth system!
Who said that hacking may affect only the world of computing?
Here to Design For Craft we have tried to do the hacking of an object really common: the base of a lamp Ikea.
The result is a redesigned and reinterpreted object: more beautiful (right?), more functional (we have verified that performs its task better than the original version) and more useful (includes multiple functions).
In short: the hacking of an object will be more and more available to everyone and, above all, very different from the DIY…
We use to think that a product made in one piece is defined as “craft” while products manufactured in series are considered “industrial”. This is no longer true because the same machines that repeat the same movements over and over again to create serial pieces (such as the Kuka robot) now come from factories and they enter our homes to produce objects in a process of design and construction that we call “personal production”.
As an example of this new scenario we show you the Personal Vase, an object designed and built specifically for a single person (as is the case for artisans), but made entirely using the technology of 3D printing.
Starting from a simple photo of its silhouette we obtain the line of the profile, then we use it to create a 3D model (solid of revolution). At this point the object created is printed from our PowerWasp; so a form is designed ad personam and physically realized independently by a sole machine.
With a similar process we can produce containers, vases, lamps (maybe the one below) and much more using different materials and techniques. We are at end of the era of customization in industry and we’re starting the beginning of the personal industrialization.
We’re starting to test our PowerWasp with PLA filaments; all seems to be ok, the printer is fast and reliable. As you can see from the photo the result of the first printings (here you can see a translucent PLA) is good.
Now we’re finding out the best settings for the software (Cura and PrintRun)