EMERGING AESTHETICS IN 3D PRINT
WHAT: An experimental design process, exploring aesthetics in 3D-printing combined with a biocomposite from UPM, made of biopolymer and wood fibres. An artistic combination between the digital printer and analogue human crafts.
WHY: If we can use 3D printing in combination with biocomposite, with awareness of the aesthetic expression in the technology, this can make room for more product categories in the future. We can also reduce waste in additive manufacturing, with textures that are less demanding in terms of perfection.
MENTOR: Anders Eriksson, University of Gävle
RESULT: Decorative lamps, with interesting textures that are achieved by levering the imperfections of the manufacturing process. Oak and linen details completes the outcome.
A 3D-printed surface consists of layers, which means that it has an inevitable texture that requires finishing to be smooth. 3D prints are being hyped around the world, and the Internet is full of printable files a few clicks away. Meanwhile, there are at least as many forums with dissatisfied hobbyists who do not succeed with smooth surfaces, and struggles with deformations.
But are there not unfairly high expectations of a technology that can not deliver perfection?
Can we not instead take advantage of, and emphasize, the surface as a conscious aesthetic decision?
Different sizes makes it possible to bring the lamps together into a decorative family.
Holes in the screen provide a decorative trailing light.
For me, the interesting part is not to push a button and expect what comes out of the printer to look exactly like on screen. The interesting part is the expression of the object when it comes out of the printer.
In the process I explored different types of textures, compared and valued them together with a focus group to finally reach a result.
Early process. Same technology but with an exaggerated appearance.
The printing process.