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)
We think that the future of 3D printing in both the mix of craftsmanship and technology. In this case we have combined the potential of our PowerWasp with the knowledge of concrete based materials to obtain innovative objects.
Our first design for a “Personal Product” starts with the shilouette of your face: we want to turn it into an object! So we’re developing a design process that starts from your portrait’s profile (that becomes into a path for create a revolution solid in 3D) and transforms it into a formwork for a lamp, or a vase, or… something else.
The production method begins with the 3d printing of the formwork (PLA) that is used for molding the vase with a concrete specifically made for design objects. This molding operation is not a common solution because we’re going to centrifuge the concrete into this formwork! We’re at work.
A few days ago we were at the CSP Massa Lombarda (Imola), where we spoke with the founder, Massimo Moretti. He is the true inventor, a person full of energy and positive ideas that created the PowerWasp. CSP is more than a “geek lab”, it’s an uncommon place for design services and innovations. For example: Massimo showed us the prototype of an “house printer”. In collaboration with the University of Lima (Perù), Massimo is thinking a new machine: a printer (Rostock) for printing economic houses with mud and straw.
About PowerWasp: it’s a very unique tool; it can be a 3D printer, a cutter, a ceramic extrusor or a scanner… Impressive! Its performances as a 3D Printer are wonderful: high speed, great resolution, big printable objects; that’s why we choose to buy it.