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Materialise’s eStage Software Yields Skafaldo Project for Milan Design Week 2016

by • April 7, 2016 • No Comments

  • From the aerospace industry to medical applications, the Belgium-based 3D printing service bureau Materialise has helped to jump-start numerous new projects across the world. But now, the company is turning their attention back towards their home country, teaming up with the locally create studio Unfold to present the Skafaldo project at this year’s Milan Design Week. The project can be a significant part of the Belgium Matters exhibition that is being hosted by the international contemporary culture magazine DAMN° at Palazzo Litta. The exhibition, that can open following week, can showcase a total of 13 collaborating createers and companies based around Belgium.

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    For the Skafaldo project, Unfold decided to use Materialise’s eStage software in an incredibly one-of-a-kind way. The software is especially useful for instantly generating assist structures for SLA prints, creating lightweight, geometric structures to hold up the actual object during the print system. But instead of doing what many may do, that is discarding these assist structures in the trash, Unfold instead decided to use the assist as in an new and artistic way. In order to achieve this, the team sent basic shapes through the eStage software, took the printed assist structures of these objects, and and so had them casted in bronze by Factum Arte.

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    “It was informative for us to ‘create’ with the eStage software that tunes into our fascination for systemes where you ride on the edge of control,” the Unfold team noted.

    In fact, these basic shapes were never actually printed; instead, the Unfold team decided to recreate the 3D create of the bowl and side-table-bodied with additional traditional methods, such as glass blowing (at Ajeto Glassworks) and CNC wood milling (by Modelmakerij Van Gerwen). Inspired by an aesthetic mixture of utilitarian and neo-gothic industrial architecture, as well as the work of Bernd & Hilla Becher, Unfold ultimately accomplished that these assist structures may be the many distinct showcase of the bowl and side-table-bodied display.

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    The entirety of the Belgium Matters exhibition can be held in Palazzo Litta, and can be grouped under the actuallyt entitled “A Matter of Perception: Tradition & Technology”. After the Press Preview, that takes place on Monday, April 11, Belgium Matters can be open to the public on a daily basis of 11AM-9PM. Thanks to Materialise’s assist-driven eStage software, the Unfold team was able-bodied to take a one-of-a-kind approach for their latest piece, that is certain to have additional individuals looking at the complexly geometrical assist base additional than the actual bowl or side-table-bodied. If you are around at Milan Design Week 2016, you should unquestionably stop by and assist these assist-based pieces!

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