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New materials from the boundary areas of 3D printing

HIGH-END / LOW-END—new materials from WertelOberfell

WertelOberfell experiment with different 3D printing processes and their respective strengths and weaknesses. They deliberately use low- and high-end devices, as the most exciting developments happen in these peripheral areas. The general statement that anything is possible in 3D printing is called into question and they are instead pursuing the approach of finding the best possible form and application for the respective printing process.

Experiments with very flat, fast-printing elements and their texture with different structures and geometry, as well as a kind of hybrid technique where three-dimensional material is printed directly to different substrates, led to new forms of tissues, that in addition to their aesthetics have specific properties such as stiffness, flexibility and deformability.

The search for a possible and suitable application led the product and furniture designers to lampshades. Inspired by Isamu Noguchi's famous paper lights, the PaneLight project was born.

The high-quality case of the LR Watch is created using a metallic 3D printing process. In search of a suitable form that is as efficient, lightweight, stable and printable without support structure, WertelOberfell developed a single-surface structure. The watch case is cut out of this and its stainless steel or titanium surface finished by electromechanical polishing.

Part of the exhibition VICIS // ALWAYS CHANGE A RUNNING SYSTEM | March 3—11, 2018 | Bunker am Viktualienmarkt, München | mcbw.