In the past 5 years, the cost of 3D printing techniques have been significantly reduced. 3D-printing becomes more and more common. This also influences the way we design. In 2015, I have been researching this topic at 3D-printing startup BigRep in Berlin. The table results from my work with the large-format FDM-printer that BigRep is producing and constantly developing. Of course, the FDM-process has still some limitations: speed, inability to print large overhangs and flat angles, manual work on support structures. The challenge is to develop felicitous shapes which show that they were produced using a digital manufacturing method, but that are also functional and useful. The »Woven Table« uses both the layered and textile look that FDM-prints typically have and combines it with complexity which can only be reached by 3D-printing the part.

The table is being shared as stl file and was re-printed in various places.

Bildschirmfoto 2015-09-25 um 21.47.40 IMG_5432


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Printing process

Bildschirmfoto 2015-08-19 um 10.17.54Slicing

IMG_5728Models and material experimentation

IMG_5724IMG_5690 The table needs to be printed upside down to avoid overhangs. This reduces printing time and post-processing work.