Circa un anno fa, abbiamo dato uno sguardo a questo progetto di stampa 3D che sfrutta un braccio robotico a libera articolazione per la stampa 3D. Ora Joris Laarman ha presentato questo nuovo e radicale metodo di stampa 3D. MX3D-Metal può stampare linee d’acciao, acciaio inox, alluminio, bronzo o rame a mezz’aria. L’idea di base di questo designer olandese è molto semplice quanto geniale, l’aver posizionato una sorta di saldatore su di un braccio automatico controllato via software (il progetto è nato in collaborazione con Autodesk). L’ MX3D-Metal ha debuttato alla conferenza Fabricate2014 e farà la sua presentazione ufficiale il prossimo primo maggio alla galleria Friedman Benda di New York.



“Over the years, our lab has worked this way together with many inspiring people in the field of digital fabrication and computational design. We’ve worked with professionals and students from institutes like MIT, IAAC, ETH and the Architectural Association to develop new concepts for the digital fabrication revolution. For some time now, we’ve held two research positions at our lab. The purpose of this role is pure experimentation with digital fabrication under our supervision—and with the help of craftsmen and software and robotic engineers. Recently, the technical side of our work at the lab is supported by Autodesk. The reason for this is so we don’t just end up with a new series of design objects; it’s so we can bring technology to a higher level.”



“We are developing different kinds of innovative print heads for different kinds of metals. Right now we can, for instance, vary from 5mm to about 10mm lines in steel and stainless steel. All materials need a different approach. Aluminum, for instance, melts very different from stainless steel. Yet the basic idea is, in fact, very simple: An advanced welding torch on a robot arm that communicates and is controlled by smart software. The research has basically been to collect a massive amount of data and experience by testing and testing for months and months. It’s figuring out the right parameters until stuff actually works. The combination robot/welding is driven by different types of software that work closely together. This will eventually end up in a user-friendly interface that allows the user to print directly from CAD.”