Sin dall’inizio siamo al lavoro per portare la stampa 3D da tecnologia dedicata alla prototipazione a strumento di vera e propria produzione. La nostra ultima realizzazione (progettata e prodotta da Design for Craft) è stata pensata per il Festival dei Sensi, svoltosi a Bologna dal 26 al 29 maggio.
Si tratta di una microarchitettura dalle forme organiche, pensata come un gazebo adatto ad accogliere piantumazione all’interno dei contenitori della sua base. La costruzione, di pianta esagonale, alta 3 metri e pesante 150 kg, è stata realizzata in moduli stampati in PLA neutro, tramite macchina Wasp 3MT.
Il nostro obiettivo è stato dimostrare come sia possibile, grazie a macchine di grande formato, approcciare uno dei temi dell’abitare, in questo caso riguardante gli esterni, in modo innovativo e affidabile. Sempre di più, crediamo che ci sia ampio spazio per adottare un nuovo approccio progettuale e produttivo in molti settori, fortemente orientato ad oggetti customizzati in serie e prodotti on demand.
This will be the week of MECSPE (from 27th to 29th of march), the reference exhibition for the manufacturing industry, the meeting point between production technologies and industrial supply chains in Italy. Design for Craft will be in the 3d print Hub, an international appointment to identify trends and development of 3D where we’ll show you some of our latest research on materials for FFF 3d printing. We’ll perform a speech the 27th at 16pm: “FROM MAKERS OF OBJECTS TO MAKERS OF MATERIALS: FILAMENT ON DEMAND PRINTING 3D.” We’ll be happy to meet you there.
The tests on Stick Filaments 3mm are on the go, and soon we will have ready version also for 1.75mm. The Styrene, that we’re trying for weeks with excellent results, according to the feedbacks from testers and makers that are using different FFF printer models. In general the Styrene ensures low extrusion temperatures, absence of warping and good quality of the final print (similar to that of PLA). Also remember that the Styrene, unlike the ABS, doesn’t cause harmful emissions (in the form of Ultra Fine Particels) of hydrogen cyanide.
In a short time we’ll be testing PLA Stick Filaments, but the great news for everybody are special plastics. We will be able to propose plastics not currently available on the market of the filaments for 3D printing: surely you’ll be surprised… To keep up with the latest news arrival we invite you to subscribe to our newsletter.
DfC present Stick Filament at the Rome Maker Faire. Stick filament is a new filament format designed for 3d printing: easy, smart, colored, modular. You can print in multicolor and with a huge variety of materials!
Watch out our video!
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!
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 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.
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.