Two robotic fabrication methods entwine to make Tongji University bridge

Thin carbon fibres wind over a 3D-printed metal frame to form this hybrid bridge, made by university students in Shanghai using two emerging robotic fabrication techniques. Students participating in the DigitalFUTURES International 2019 summer workshop at Tongji University worked with local research studio Fab-Union to design the bridge, which can hold more than 20 people. […]

Mediated Matter Group designs robotically fabricated structure using organic matter

Neri Oxman‘s Mediated Matter Group has digitally designed and robotically fabricated a structure using the molecular components found in tree branches, insect exoskeletons and human bones. Aguahoja I examines how even the materials that we consider waste can inform design. Standing five meters tall, the structure’s skin is composed of cellulose, chitosan, and pectin – […]

Nendo’s 3D-printed bonsai tree does away with need for meticulous maintenance

Japanese design studio Nendo has created an alternative to the tricky task of nurturing a bonsai tree with its Grid-Bonsai – a 3D-printed version of the plant that owners can prune to their liking. The traditional Japanese art form of bonsai involves using cultivation techniques to produce small plants in pots that imitate the appearance […]

3D-printed robotic fish swims through water by mimicking the movement of a tuna

TU Delft student Sander van den Berg has invented a 3D-printed robotic fish that swims through water at a record-breaking 0.85 metres per second. The Industrial Design Engineering masters student created the high-speed underwater drone as his graduate project from the Delft University of Technology. Van den Berg claims the speed of 0.85 metres a […]

Carlo Ratti’s orange squeezer serves juice in bioplastic cups made from the peel

Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associati has developed a circular orange juice bar that turns the waste fruit peel into 3D-printed bioplastic cups to drink the contents from. Created for global energy company Eni, Feel the Peel is a prototype orange-squeezing machine that aims to bring circular design into everyday life. The 3.10-metre-tall experimental juice bar […]

Danish designers propose using roaming 3D-printing robots to repair environments

Buildings and coastlines could be monitored by fleets of autonomous repair robots, according to a Danish initiative that advocates “freeing” 3D printers to fix global problems. Called Break the Grid, the initiative is a collaboration between three future-focused Danish companies — GXN Innovation, the research arm of architects 3XN; additive manufacturing platform The Danish AM Hub; […]

Flohaler is an easy-to-use inhaler that helps asthmatics receive a better dose

Design graduate James Plimmer has created an inhaler for asthmatics that improves posture and technique during use to ensure more medicine reaches the lungs. The concept is intended to improve the pressurised metered dose inhaler (PMDI) by helping users maintain an optimised inhaler technique over time. The problem with existing inhalers is ensuring an optimum […]

Competition: win a pair of Bauhaus-themed sunglasses by Neubau

In our latest competition, we’ve teamed up with Neubau to offer five readers the chance to win a pair of sunglasses that celebrate the centenary of the Bauhaus. The designs commemorate two leading figures of the Bauhaus, the influential 20th-century design school that was established in 1919 in Weimar, Germany. Named Walter & Wassily, the collection […]

Jump through space and time on our Pinterest boards

We’re taking a glimpse into utopian and dystopian designs for the future on our updated Pinterest boards, from 3D-printed set design, to wearable technology and projects set in space. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest › Open the Pinterest app on your phone, tap the camera icon and scan the Pincode below to explore Dezeen’s feed. Read […]

Students’ 3D-printed Concrete Choreography pillars provide a stage for dancers

Dancers at the Origen Festival in the Swiss Alps will perform around nine unique columns 3D-printed in concrete by students from ETH Zurich. The masters students produced the columns using a new process, developed at the technology school, that allows for the fast 3D-printing of concrete structures completely without formwork or any other kind of […]

IKEA reveals 3D-printed Uppkoppla accessories designed for gamers

IKEA has unveiled a collection of customisable 3D-printed accessories created to help people play video games at home in greater comfort and style. The Uppkoppla collection comprises a series of prototypes developed to improve the lives of gamers by addressing issues relating to furniture design, customisation and accessibility. The initial prototypes include a wristband, keycaps […]

Movie shows soft robotic muscles that are three times stronger than humans’

[embedded content] Our latest captioned movie shows how researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed 3D-printed synthetic soft muscles for robots that are three times stronger than human muscle. The self-contained mechanisms mimic the movement of human muscles, without the need for bulky external compressors or pressure-regulating equipment. The muscles are 3D-printed using a combination of […]

Joe Doucet installs anti-terror benches in New York’s Times Square

New York designer Joe Doucet has created a 3D-printed concrete bench that also functions as a barrier to protect public spaces from vehicle-led terrorist attacks. Doucet‘s design comprises a stack of 3D-printed concrete benches, which weigh over one ton and attach to each other via steel rods. When the chunky seats are hit by a […]

Concr3de proposes using 3D printing to rebuild Notre-Dame

Dutch company Concr3de has proposed rebuilding parts of Notre-Dame Cathedral from the ashes of the fire using 3D printing, and has already printed a replacement gargoyle. Concr3de, which was founded by architects Eric Geboers and Matteo Baldassari in 2016, used 3D scans to reproduce Le Stryge, a demon statue that sits on the roof of the gothic […]

Watch our talk with Arthur Mamou-Mani about his bioplastic COS installation live from Milan

Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs speaks to architect Arthur Mamou-Mani about the design of Conifera, his 3D-printed bioplastic installation for COS, in a live talk starting at 7:15pm Milan time. The livestream has not started yet. You can watch it here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page live from 7:15pm Milan time.  On show for the duration of Milan […]

Arthur Mamou-Mani promotes circular design with bioplastic Conifera installation for COS

French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani has assembled a structure from 700 bioplastic bricks in the courtyard of a 16th-century palazzo, as this year’s Milan design week installation for fashion brand COS. Mamou-Mani – whose previous projects include a temple for Burning Man festival – wanted to show how design can be more circular, by harnessing the potential of […]

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