Print­ing chairs

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SPACES -

3D print­ing is the buz­zword of the mo­ment, but Lon­don-based ar­chi­tect and de­signer Daniel Widrig has gone one step fur­ther by cre­at­ing a 3D-printed chair made from su­gar, Ja­panese rice wine and plas­ter.

The De­gen­er­ate Chair was cre­ated us­ing tech­niques usu­ally re­served for de­sign­ing dig­i­tal ma­que­ttes for com­puter games and movies. Its struc­ture is built up of mil­lions of three-di­men­sional pix­els (vox­els) which are baked into one high-res­o­lu­tion skin.

The ge­om­e­try was then put through a low-cost 3D printer, which bound the lay­ers of su­gar, sake and plas­ter mix­ture to­gether, al­low­ing Widrig to avoid the usual high costs and lengthy time pro­cesses in­volved in 3D print­ing.

The fur­ni­ture is part of a set of ex­per­i­men­tal seat­ing ob­jects launched at the FRAC Center’s Nat­u­ral­iz­ing Ar­chi­tec­ture ex­hi­bi­tion in Or­leans, France.

(FRAC stands for Fonds Ré­gional d’Art Con­tem­po­rain – Re­gional Con­tem­po­rary Art Fund – a de­cen­tralised cul­tural body es­tab­lished in each of France’s re­gions in the 1980s.)

Ad­di­tional 3D-printed chairs cur­rently at­tract­ing at­ten­tion in­clude the Chair­gen­ics model by For­mNa­tion, which is on dis­play at The Mu­seum of Arts and De­sign in New York City.

De­signer Eric Klaren­beek’s 3Dprinted Mycelium Chair, made of fun­gus, also hit the head­lines when it was re­leased to­wards the end of 2013.

The De­gen­er­ate Chair will be on dis­play at the cen­tre un­til March 30. – AFP Re­laxnews

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