3D Printer Creates Chairs From Recycled Refrigerators [VIDEO]
Dirk Vander Kooij’s furniture is attracting a lot of attention. The 28-year-old Dutch interior artist and his 3D-printing robot have been snapping up awards at major design exhibitions in Europe for their work in 3D printed furniture. His latest exhibition took place at the Domus Academy in Milan last weekend.
In 2010, while still a student at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Kooij acquired an industrial robot from China and reconfigured it into a 3D printer capable of printing furniture with material recycled from discarded refrigerators. The robot prints furniture in layers of thick plastic lines, a process Kooij says is both efficient and shows how the form is built. (If you ever took an introductory class in pottery, you probably built a misshapen pot using a similar method.)
Kooij claims his robot can produce 4,000 chairs per year, but those chairs aren’t about to appear in Ikea any time soon. At present, his furniture — such as his $1,000 “Endless” rocking chair — is limited to the budgets of collectors.
You can see the robot in action in the video above.
3D printing isn’t new technology — in fact, it was developed in the late ’80s — but it’s only recently that the tech began reaching consumer hands. In 2012 alone, we’ve seen 3D printers used to make replacement jawbones, replicate the Smithsonian’s museum collection, even figurines of our favorite memes. Companies like Makerbot, Autodesk and Shapeways are developing hardware and software to put 3D printing technology into the hands of consumers.
[via Singularity Hub]