ULTIMAKER: a Quick Leap from Design to Realization

We feel that the 3-D printing technology offers exciting opportunities to Architects, Artists and Product Designers. It enables for an instant verification of the digitally-generated spatial constructs – by producing real-life, tangible objects at short notice.

Thanks to the courtesy of Konrad Klepacki from designfutures.pl, it was possible for us to explore the possibilities offered by the ULTIMAKER 3-D Printer, using the FDM printing technology.

We printed ‘the Pixel-Landscape’: a 3-D model generated digitally during the INFO-SOLID Transvizualia 2012 Workshop (for more information, please see this post). The form was printed with the PLA white plastic, on fast speed, in just one-and-a-half hours.

This 3-D print was essential for us as designers, because it enabled us to physically test the architectural qualities of our 3-D formation – its potential for transcending light and its qualities of self-shadowing. This allows us to propose valid solutions in for the full-scale ‘Pixel-Landscape’ Wall Unit, which will be used in interiors for decorational purposes.

Here are some snapshots of the printing process and the final result.

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REPRAP: an Open-Source FDM 3-D Printer

MORFOTACTIC ® was very fortunate to take part in Media Lab Gdansk (Poland) Workshop focused on building open-source 3-D printers – the Reprap Prusa type.  During the workshop we assembled, programmed and put into operation two 3-D printers which use the FDM manufacturing technology (Fused Deposition Modeling). This technology is an additive Rapid Prototyping technology, based on extruding thin layers of heated plastic to form 3-D objects. After getting the printers going, we launched 3-D prints of our first test-objects.

Rapid Prototyping aids designers in testing the spatial solutions for 3-D objects. It allows for an instant transformation of digital models into physical objects. The Reprap Open-Source printer can be built by practically anyone – the mechanical and electronic parts are available online. There also is a free internet manual for constructing and operating this printer.

The following photos were taken by Margaret of MORFOTACTIC ®, during the Media Lab Workshop.