Founded in 2002 by Dries Verbruggen and Claire Warnier, Unfold is a Belgian design studio and a multidisciplinary platform at the intersection of design, technology, and art. Sharing a love of technology and experimentation, the duo continue to expand the possibilities of 3D printing and digital production in both theory and practice. Verbruggen and Warnier have recently transferred their ideas into Printing Things: Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing, a new book by Gestalten that presents the newest technologies and outstanding projects, testifying the paradigm-shifting topic of 3D printing.
In this two-day hands-on workshop, participants will learn and explore the fundamentals of 3D printing—from ideas on paper to printed things. By adhering to the theory Building Blocks that is featured in the book, the workshop aims to create and produce custom-made adapters and connectors between a plentitude of already existing everyday objects, replacement parts, and improved components. Items are brought together that would not normally interact in any way unless duct tape was involved. Participants are invited to repurpose objects for new functions and meanings.
Topics will include:
- What is 3D printing: a basic introduction into the various processes
- How to design for 3D printing: making the most effective use of these tools
- A shared language for things: how to design for re-use and interoperability
- Basic 3D modeling tools: how to translate your idea into a 3d printable 3D model
- How to practically print by using at-home 3d printers and consumer 3D print services
This is a great workshop for getting an entry level start to 3D printing, from modeling to the actual printing. Participants who are already familiar with 3D printing will also gain better insights into what 3D printing is (or is not) about and learn how to make better use of it from two renowned experts in the field.
Requirements: Participants should bring their own laptops with the following free softwares installed: 123D Meshmixer & 123D Design (both at 123dapp.com), Netfabb Basic, Google Chrome Browser. Participants should also register a free account at 123Dapp.com.
About the host
Claire Warnier: Founder, researcher, designer graduated at the Design Academy Eindhoven, department of Man and Identity in 2002 and received a Master in Art Sciences at the University of Ghent in 2008. Besides Unfold she works on her phd thesis in design theory, before she worked as a curator for Z33, art center in Hasselt, Belgium.
Dries Verbruggen: Founder, lecturer, designer graduated at the Design Academy Eindhoven, department of Man and Living in 2002. He co-founded United Statements in 1999. Besides Unfold he teaches spatial design at Sint-Lukas Brussels, university college of art and design and before 2010 at the ICT & Media Design department of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences.