Thursday, September 15, 2011

News: Materialise technologies showcased at the V&A


Radical advances in digital, laser and new additive manufacturing technologies initiated by Rotherham-based Materialise are to be part of an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum in London this month.

"Industrial Revolution 2.0: How the Material World Will Newly Materialise" is taking place as part of the London Design Festival and it will be the first exhibition to solely feature 3D printed pieces.

Renowned New York-based design gallerist and curator Murray Moss has collaborated with industry leader Materialise to bring together a series of unique printed works, using cutting edge laser and digital technologies to build three-dimensional objects.

Moss has commissioned eight designs from the worlds of fashion and furnishings, all sponsored and produced by Materialise. They will be placed throughout the Museum's most important galleries, wittily referencing eight of the Museum's key pieces and spaces.

Murray Moss said: "My aim was to initiate little narratives, some of which I hope will amuse - between certain of the Museum's historical holdings and these futuristic contemporary objects, not only shedding new light on the Museum's collection, but, in the process, demonstrating the wide reach of these new technologies."

Additive Manufacturing allows for the three-dimensional printing of objects; a sophisticated fabrication process once reserved for prototyping but which is quickly becoming ubiquitous and is permeating all areas of the contemporary material world, including fashion and domestic furnishings, as well as transportation, medicine, and architecture.

The Belgian company has their UK operation on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham which has the largest capacity of rapid prototyping equipment in Europe. Experts have created an articulated light shade that can be opened or closed like a blooming lotus flower (pictured), a couture fashion dress in 3-D printed nylon and intricately designed tables and chairs, using 3-D printed epoxy resin.

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