Several groups have begun exploring 3D printing “out of the box” or mobile 3D printing.

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Nazca City (Ciudad Nazca) by rodrigoderteano

http://ciudadnazca.net/ “Nazca City” is a land art project, the drawing of a true scale map of an imaginary city onto the surface of the Peruvian desert. To do this we built a robot which moves autonomously, plowing the ground to uncover its underlying color. Because of its scale, the map can only be appreciated as a whole from certain a height by means of airplains or satellite imaging.

The project is inspired by the gigantic figures drawn onto the desert by the ancient Nazca culture (200 BC – 600 AD), which can still be seen today. It invites to reflect upon the explosive urbanization of the deserts of the Peruvian coast, taking place since the middle of the last century, and its consequences on environmental sustainability and the quality of living.

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Kiosk by  Unfold.be

A brand new project commissioned by Z33, House for contemporary art and Thomas Lommée:

KIOSK is a project that explores a near future scenario in which digital fabricators are so ubiquitous, that we see them appear on street corners, just like fast food today is sold in NY style mobile food stalls. A place where you can quickly get a custom made fix for your broken shoe, an illegal download of Starck’s Juicy Salif orange squeezer that you modified for better performance or quickly print out a present for your sisters birthday.

How does this scenario challenge our perception of authorship, originality, design and what is the role of the designer when goods are moved around in the form of digital blueprints and appropriated in ways beyond our control?

Unfold gathered information from various designers and labels about how they position themselves towards this scenario. During the Salone del Mobile Unfold will three-dimensionally scan new objects presented by these various designers and based on the acquired data, appropriate, sample, remix, improve, up/downscale or copy new objects 3d-printed on the spot.

When: April, 12-17

Where: Privata Oslavia 8, Ventura Lambrate, Milan (IT) or on location (April, 12 & 13)

Kiosk is part of the exhibition New Times, New Heroes, organised by Z33-House of contemporary art and REcentre – centre for sustainable design.

With the support of Bits from Bytes (BfB 3000 3d printer), 4D Dynamics (PicoScan 3d scanner), Jo Van Bostraeten & OpenStructures. Inspired by Bruce Sterling’s science fiction short story Kiosk.

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UltiMaker @ Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven

Joris van Tubergen with his portable Ultimaker on batteries.”

ultimaker portable 3d printer

Is this the future of battery powered tools or cordless power tools?  We certainly hope so!

4 Comments on Mobile 3D Printing (Out of the Box)

  1. Unfold says:

    Hi guys, thanks for the mention (again!).

    Not so brand new anymore by now (debuted in Milan last April) but there is already a second version of the Kiosk presented in the ‘After the Bit Rush’ show in The Netherlands. http://we-make-money-not-art.c.....n-in-a.php
    Still working on good pictures and movies but here’s a little movie of Bruce Sterling riding it:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4.....417151329/
    The new Kiosk uses the same BFB3000 but the scanner is Polhemus this time.

  2. Unfold says:

    Hi guys, thanks for the mention (again!).

    Not so brand new anymore by now (debuted in Milan last April) but there is already a second version of the Kiosk presented in the ‘After the Bit Rush’ show in The Netherlands. http://we-make-money-not-art.c.....n-in-a.php
    Still working on good pictures and movies but here’s a little movie of Bruce Sterling riding it:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4.....417151329/
    The new Kiosk uses the same BFB3000 but the scanner is Polhemus this time.

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