3D printing of an eyewear frame

Source: Artsthread blog, Jan 2012

Send to Print/ Print to Send at The Aram Gallery gives visitors a glimpse into how 3D printing is revolutionising contemporary design.

Whether it be for furniture, architectural prototypes or even for accessories, designers are adapting their design processes to accommodate this new technological innovation.

‘Flock Lampshade is the result of a Design Fabrication MicroSystem,’ explains Riccardo Bovo who has created a system in which users can customise a design for an open source printer to produce.

‘The design is constantly redefined in shape by the user with the system and at any moment is ready for production. The time between design phase and production phase therefore drops to zero.’

Chloë McCormick and Nicholas O’Donnell-Hoare combine traditional tapestry weaving techniques with 3D printing to produce customisable glasses. The frames are printed with small holes which the owner can then thread wool through to produce their own design.

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