Between Saturday 17th and Sunday 25th October, Eindhoven welcomed visitors from all over the world for Dutch Design Week 2015. Being Netherlands-based ourselves, we could hardly wait to check out the convention, and set off for the North Brabant city to find the country’s best 3D printed design offerings. The following is a list, in no particular order, of some of the most interesting 3D printing projects on display at Dutch Design Week 2015.
1. VormVrij’s 3D printed ceramics
Young 3D printing company VormVrij is comprised of concept designer and sculptor Marlieke Wijnakker and technical designer Yao van de Heerik. The duo have developed their own clay-printing 3D printer, called the LUTUM. Their stall at the Klokgebouw showcased an impressive array of 3D printed ceramics, including jewellery, miniature pots, and the fantastic busts shown below. The LUTUM ceramic 3D printer is fitted with dual brass/steel extruders and a single nozzle, with max print dimensions of 650x700x850mm. It boasts a print speed of 30mm/s for rounded parts and 15mm/s for cornered parts, with its max speed standing at a healthy 100mm/s, at 3mm extrusion width and 1.5mm extrusion height. The LUTUM 3D printer works with open source software such as slic3r, Pronterface, and Repetier. From what we saw at DDW, it is clear that the pair’s respective talents combine for incredible results. “I wanted to work with clay and Yao was working with self-assembly plastic printers, but he got sick of all the plastic waste,” Wijnakker explained to us. Another company sick to death of plastic waste was conveniently located right next to VormVrij’s stall…
2. Refil’s 100% recycled filament
Refil, a product of Better Future Factory, is a fully recycled 3D printing filament, currently available in two materials and colours. Refil’s translucent PET filament is made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, whilst its black ABS filament is made from Volvo and Audi car dashboards. The Refil stand showcased the process behind Refil, as well as some impressive PET lampshades and containers, printed with the company’s preferred Ultimaker 3D printers. See our separate article on Refil for further info about the company’s current plans.Read more