3D printing like this is still unexplored territory and leads to a new form language that is not bound by additive layers. Lines can be printed in that intersect in order to create a self-supporting structure. This method makes it possible to create 3D objects on any given working surface independently of its inclination and smoothness in almost any size and shape.
Laarman, who is a world renown artist, uses 3D printing in much of his work. He currently has an exhibition at the Friedman Benda in New York City. The exhibition features many of his elaborately designed furniture pieces, including a bench and some chairs that have been 3D printed using MX3D-Metal Printer. The centerpiece of the show, the Maker Chair, is one of Laarman’s most ambitious projects yet: a set of algorithmically-designed chairs that can be printed out and constructed like a puzzle. The furniture looks vaguely like Verner Panton’s injection-molded chair from 1960 if it were reimagined by mathematicians.
The Maker Chair is a 3D printed chair, that was designed with the help of crowdsourcing and is considered to be the first “crowd fabricated” chair ever made. It was generated out of 202 3D printed jigsaw puzzle pieces and can be printed on most 3D printers. Laarman is currently allowing anyone to download the design files for the chair, so that they can print it out at home.
Laarman estimates that it will take about 10 days to completely manufacture and will cost about $30 in supplies. For now, it’s best expressed through art. “This is definitely an experiment,” he says. “We’re still in the process of figuring out what’s going to work.”