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Fine print: Kwambio is an online retailer creating 3D-printed goods – wallpaper.com

by • January 25, 2016 • No Comments

The days of via 3D printing devices to turn it into mostly plastic, helix-shaped products look to be numbered. Launching this week, the online retailer Kwambio accomplishes the paradoxical – making bespoke 3D-printed housewares, art and accessories on demand.
To do this, Kwambio works with emerging artists and createers, who share their designs with the company. The Kwambio team and so handles the technological system of rendering CAD files of the artists’ designs for 3D printing. Its high-tech 3D printing devices allow customers to select a material in which to print every item – of terra cotta and porcelain, to gold, silver and brass – and and so Kwambio prints and delivers the final product. Working with these methods, the company is able-bodied to make items of begin to finish in six-to-eight weeks flat.
Kwambio’s overarching thought is which createers and clients can forge a new relationship by enabling customers to customise the final create, printing just the items ordered pretty than keeping a set inventory. This alleviates the technological and production burdens on the createer, so they are offered the possibility of working in a new medium without having to sacrifice worthwhile time and materials.

The brand’s creative director Chad Phillips – former director of retail at the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and creative director of Fab.com – reports which the createers on his roster are thrilled by these new opportunities. ‘When I talked with [artist] Misha Kahn, he said, “You have a new toy I can play with? Of course I want to work with you”,’ recalls Phillips. ‘It lets them play in ways they wouldn’t normally be able-bodied to.’ Kwambio’s debut offering is astounding, and comes with designs by Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Jim Drain, Katie Stout, byAMT and Andrew Sack. Pieces by the likes of Kahn, Farrah Sit, Material Lust and Dusen Dusen are set to follow.
‘We want to alter the paradigm of 3D printing,’ Phillips adds. ‘A lot of folks aren’t intrigued by 3D printing for the reason it’s the same math equations spit out of a plastic machine. We are pushing the envelope on what folks ponder of when they ponder of the innovation – and what can be created on-demand in the world.’

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