Aug 28, 2018

3D Printed Concrete Benches in Adorable Woven Pattern

When a German designer, Studio 7.5 collaborated with a French 3D printing company, XtreeE, the result was an interesting 3D printed bench with a woven pattern. 

In the future, 3D printing will reduce the costs of housing. But, when you have your own 3D printed home, what will you do about furniture? We’ve seen a lot of 3D printed furniture, but Studio 7.5’s continuously printed concrete benches are pretty unique.

Studio 7.5 is the designer behind the woven pattern bench. Based in Berlin, the design team is known for its longstanding relationship with Herman Miller – check out their previous work, Cosm, a “Flying Carpet” chair for the brand.

For Studio 7.5’s latest project, the design team collaborated with 3D printing experts, XtreeE to develop 3D printed benches for the street studio’s custom-made street furniture collection.

This company is based in Paris and “develops advanced large-scale 3D printing technology for the architectural design, engineering , nd construction sector.”

They were the perfect people to help Studio 7.5 realize their concrete benches with a woven pattern. The resulting three benches were continuously printed with XtreeE’s technology and equipment.

The designers explain that the woven concrete benches are of: “a texture that is not only visually reminiscent to woven textiles, it also follows the same production routine: a continuous thread that is guided along a path in order to create a construction.”

3D Printing a Continuous Oscillating Wave

Although not entirely new to 3D printing, Studio 7.5 designers had never worked with 3D printed concrete before. But, XtreeE was the perfect company to assist as they deal almost exclusively with this material.

They were able to print the benches using an extremely precise six-axis 3D printing robot that can print either concrete or clay. The robot moved in a continuous oscillating wave. As a result of this, the woven pattern appears as the layers build up.

Thanks to the use of 3D printing, the designers were able to save money and time when compared with creating benches using traditional methods.

As we know, 3D printing also reduces waste. Only the necessary amount of material was used unlike traditional mold production for creating benches. Furthermore, the weight of the bench is significantly reduced too as it’s not made from solid concrete.

Studio 7.5 explain that the woven pattern has never been used before and was developed for the street furniture benches. However, since the benches have been launched, other companies working with XtreeE have also employed the pattern.

Find out more about the street furniture collection by visiting the Studio 7.5 website.

Source: Dezeen 

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