DesignXPO is organized by House of Design to put design from the North of the Netherlands on the map, and to make design and production processes visible. This year’s theme was: Biobased Design.
3D printing with biobased materials like PLA and wood was one of the highlights of this event, which took place on the 25th and 26th of May in Groningen, The Netherlands.
The people could see what 3D printing is all about and see how this technique could play a role in the transition to a (more) biobased economy.
At the Groninger museum a workshop was held were children got introduced to 3D printing and bioplastics. With Doodle3D the children drew and printed their own object which they put on a small laser cut car, and their URO was born: an Unidentified Rolling Object!
One of the aims of the workshop is to inspire children for engineering and that engineering can be fun too! The 3D printer is an ideal way to introduce them to think in 3D, become a maker and get introduced to, the new tools of today. Designers with different specialties were there to assist the children in the process of creating ideas and put those ideas into a 3D object.
While the children were designing and printing, the museum’s conservator Egge Knol gave a lecture about biobased materials and ancient arts and crafts. A little step back in the history of the so very new term Biobased Design and its applications.
Furthermore at DesignXPO, designer bijjosse showed her 3D printed lamp. It is an entirely 3D printed lamp from biodegradable PLA, consisting of a frame and 4 slides which can be replaced. The slides will show an image when the light is turned on. It’s an ideal gift with personal pictures or your company’s logo. If you’re tired with the current image, just print out a new slide and slide it in the frame.
‘UIT’ means ‘off’ and ‘AAN’ means ‘on’.