Let's Demystify 3-D Print Technology & How it Impacts the Design Build Community There is exciting news for all you design lovers out there. 3-D Printing is becoming more accessible, more affordable and faster than ever. Still not sure how the process works and can't seem to wrap your head around it? Check out this video above to give you a visual understand of the process. Let's start with the basics. 3-D Printing is a 35 year old additive (key word!) manufacturing process that builds material layer upon layer, and is controlled by a computer. Currently we can print material using wood, plastic, metal, glass and organic material (food and organs! Yes you heard that right!). This is technology that's going to impact our industry as much as the industrial revolution. A Rococo table, is being 3-D printed using contemporary materials and colors. A great way to make the old new again. 3-D Design and Printing is here and only getting bigger. In 1995, it was a $295 Million Dollar Industry. In 2014, it grew to a 4.1 Billion Dollar Industry. By 2020, it's projected to be a 21.3 Billion Dollar Industry. According to Ben Uglow of Morgan Standley These are number you can't ignore. There are some titans in the industry who are creating innovative pieces of furniture in a way that is forward thinking and environmentally conscious. Dirk van der Kooij is printing furniture that is Cradle to Cradle using 100% recycled plastic, printing locally and with less environmental impact. Check out more of his work here. Bram Geenen has streamlined the process to be more efficient using a thin expensive carbon fiber skin that is printed on top of 3-D material without waste. Check his work out here. Lilian van Daal is inspired by nature and Biomimicry. With her designs, she is changing the shape and feel of furniture being built with 3-D printing so that it's hard where it needs to be (legs for support) and soft in other areas (like the seat and back). There are Still Challenges This isn't a magic box. You need tools or you need help. Inexperienced designers will need education or an engineer to build the CAD models to then manipulate and customize designs in scale, proportion, material, etc. They haven't perfected the process of the conception to finished product. This is still expensive technology at this phase in the game. Printers run anywhere between $50,000 to $100,000. How Can You Design Your Own Line? What's exciting to me about all this is that there is NO barrier to entry. Currently, if a designer wants to develop their own collection of furniture, they have to work with existing powerful brands who hold the magic key. As 3-D printers become more accessible, designers can soon create their own line whenever they want, or print one-offs. It will be like a Kinko's for the design build industry. This is nearly impossible with expensive traditional manufacturing. When you design your own piece, it's highly customizable where you can easily change the color, dimension and entire concept. Now Watch This! If you printing furniture blew your mind, check out an entire HOUSE (above). This home was built in 24 hours and only cost $10,000! So Where Are We Going? To the moon, Alice! You heard me. Norman Foster + Partners has completed a project with robotic arms that will be sent to the moon to 3-D print homes made of moon dust! And now, the sexiest scientist I've ever seen, Neri Oxman. Neri is a material scientist at MIT and is printing wearable skin embedded with organisms to help humans survive in interplanetary travel. It's crazy! Check out her TED Talk here. Story of Provenance If you've read this far in my blog, that tells me you're interested. Great! So now you can participate in the conversation and join the community which is your opportunity to be a part of a new story. In printing your own designs, you can create an emotional connection and customization in your work to share with your clients about being at the forefront of the industry. That's quite impressive! Because of all this, I've joined the Board at Print the Future which will be the next wave of printing ideas on demand. We've set up a Pop-Up shop in NYC during the month of March 2017 so you can see the printer with your own eyes. I am incredibly inspired and can't wait to see what the future holds!
Anyone see the smog images from China lately? If you had any questions about how the environment is adversely affected by the manufacturing of goods and materials, you're likely a believer after viewing those photos. For those of you who think, "oh it's all the way in China, it won't hurt me", think again. The atmosphere doesn't require a passport. Believe it or not, furniture, accessories and materials used in buildings are a significant portion of what's being manufactured in China, and around the world. Something as simple as the curtains hanging in your kitchen is playing a role in the causes for the disturbing images below. If you're asking yourself questions like, "Am I partially responsible and if so, what can I do?" -- you're not alone. As consumers are becoming more aware about how a product is made, what it is made of and the amount of energy it takes to manufacturer, transport and package it, we are equally concerned about what our choices mean to our planet and our health. The problem we're facing is far from that we are apathetic, it's the frustration at the lack of knowledge available regarding the "ingredients" of what we're buying. One way to help decipher healthier choices for the planet (and your body) is with third party certifications that I discuss in detail in my book Green Interior Design. Green Interior Design by Lori Dennis Some of them include researching the following organizations: Greenguard Green Label Plus GreenSeal BIFMA level FloorScore Green Squared FSC Greenguard Gold Organizations aiding in research for Sustainable Product and Material Research include: USDA Certified Biobased (Biobased Products), Building Green (Building Materials), Cradle to Cradle (Material Chemistry), SMaRT (Material Life-Cycle Assessment), Pharos Project (Material Toxicity) and SCS Global(Sustainable Products and Testing). The list is daunting, I know. However, the information found at these organization's websites is pretty simple to understand if you take the time to read it. And if you're facing issues like asthma, fatigue, constant illness or you're aware of the fact that our resources are limited and our planet is under a chemical attack, a few hours of reading doesn't seem that impossible to accomplish. Once you've digested the information, it's so much easier to make wiser choices about pieces that are going into your home or workplace or those of your clients. Further, once you understand who does what, you can look for the labels from manufacturers for clues that about what you're buying. We've learned to do this with our food, so the process is familiar. Some logos to look for: USDA Certified Biobased Products Logo Building Green Logo Cradle to Cradle Logo Smart Certified Logo Pharos Logo SCS Certified Logo Just in case you're wondering what the color trend of the season is, take a look at this river downstream from a clothing factory in China. I'm guessing Persimmon.
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