A new 3Dprinter
A bio based concrete
and a load of ideas
project Next can be seen as the follow up of project EGG.
This time it doesn’t start as a community project but as a research project: Can we do what we did with project EGG in a material like concrete?
Project NEXT is the new project of Studio michiel van der kley in collaboration with Opiliones.
Project NEXT is about 3Dprinting, a new shape language, about a new way to produce and build and about 3Dprinted concrete.
After successfully launching project EGG in 2014 (www.projectegg.org), the idea arose to go on with this new way of producing, this time with a material that can maybe resist the weather better than the plastic we used with project EGG.
The first step in this project will be the development of a 3Dprinter. The building of the first machine might just take another few weeks. it will be a very robust and first attempt but it will work. Nothing is set in stone yet. we do not know what the speed of the machine is, nor what nozzle opening we are going to use or how many layers we can print before the object will collapse.
The second step will be to find out what material is best for using in the 3Dprinter. Most of all we would like to use a bio based concrete. Much is known already about it, much of it is for us to explore. We have a variety of materials we can work with. Ingredients will or can be limestone, hemp fibers, flax fibres, additives to harden the material and so on. We have already started experimenting and are producing samples at the moment.
The third step will be to try and develop (what Michiel is referring to as) shape language.
3Dprinting is a new technique. Every technique has its own shape language.
Think for instance of the bent wood chairs of the beginning of the 20th century by the Thonet brothers. Bent wood was crucial for these chairs. You can not even imagine what these chairs would look without the technique.
Numerous other examples can be given of designs that are inseparably connected to the technique, like the cantilever chairs for the 1920’s and the plastic chairs from the sixties.
If there is a shape language belonging to the new 3Dprinting technique, we want to discover it. It is one of the key elements of our research.