MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING Explores 3D Printing's Impact on the Environment, Society and Individuals

MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING Explores 3D Printing’s Impact on the Environment, Society and Individuals
 

In celebration of Materialise’s 25th anniversary, Horta’s acclaimed BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels will host an exhibition called MAKING A DIFFERENCE / A DIFFERENCE IN MAKING from April 24th to June 7th, 2015. This exhibition, curated by Marta Malé-Alemany, architect & recognized researcher in the field of digital fabrication technologies, and produced by Materialise, looks at 3D Printing in two ways. First with the eyes of fascination, involving the viewer in the discovery of what this technology is and how it allows us to make things differently. Later with a deeper observation, inviting visitors to ponder how 3D Printing can help individuals, transform society and positively contribute to the environment. In other words, how 3D Printing is making a difference.

The exhibition includes a large number of 3D-printed examples that help us reflect on the value of this ground-breaking technology and eventually raise some inevitable ethical questions concerning some of its applications.

Because .MGX was one of the first brands to bring 3D Printing to the design world, which led to a number of manufacturing breakthroughs, the exhibition includes many .MGX pieces in both the making a difference and a difference in making sections. Pieces such as Fractal.MGX, Bloom, One_Shot.MGX, Volume.MGX, Cadence.MGX and the Escapism dress will be on display for all Bozar visitors to see.

 

Iris van Herpen Exhibition at the Design Museum Holon

Iris van Herpen
Exhibition at the Design Museum Holon

From now until March 7th, 2015, you can see New Couture by Iris van Herpen, from the Groninger Museum Collection, at the Design Museum Holon in Israel. A guest-member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, Iris van Herpen is positioned as one of the fashion world’s most creative young designers, seamlessly combining traditional craftsmanship with innovative techniques including 3D Printing. The results are sophisticated, sculptured garments, and she has worked with Materialise to 3D print 11 designs to date, including those featured in her “Biopiracy”, “Hybrid Holism”, “Voltage”, and “Escapism” collections.

“Big Growth” Brought to You by 3D Printing

“Big Growth” Brought to You by 3D Printing
 

Designed by Mathias Bengtsson, the “Big Growth” table was made with 3D printing technology at Materialise and made its first appearance at Design Miami 2014 for the Galerie Maria Wettergren. This table is an exemplary piece of the blurring line between the natural and the artificial as it was designed by growing a “digital seed” in a virtual world. Standing at 4.2 meters long in solid bronze, the table was designed through a biomimicry process, in which the digital seed emulates natural growth by imitating some of nature’s rules and methods. The furniture parameters have been embedded in the digital seed; however, the form is not defined ahead of time but instead emerges as a result of the growth process.

Find out more about this process by watching this video.

 

3D Tora in Greece

3D Tora: 3D Printing Reaches Greece

3D Tora at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens will be the first major exhibition in Greece dedicated entirely to 3D technology. MGX will be on display with its Fractal.MGX by WertelOberfell and the C2M chair by Good Design Award winner Patrick Jouin, demonstrating its leadership in 3D Printing technologies for design. The exhibition will illustrate the versatility of 3D Printing, by showcasing art, architecture and fashion in addition to scientific pieces and pure product design. From December 15th, 2014 to January 31st, 2015, you can discover how “3D Printing, of everything from houses to hearts and pretty much all you can imagine in-between, is the coming revolution.”

This is not the first time the Fractal.MGX will be on display in an esteemed setting; this cutting-edge piece can also be seen on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Design Hub Barcelona.

 

.MGX in Seoul

.MGX Sets the Scene at the Seoul Design Festival!

In November, .MGX goes to the Seoul Design Festival. To get ready for the festival’s opening, the DDP Design Lab (Dongdaemun Design Plaza) will display the Gamete.MGX by Xavier Lust, Volume.MGX by Dror, Solid S1 by Patrick Jouin and the AI.MGX by Assa Ashuach. From November 5th to 25th, you can find these items at “3D Printing Design Exhibition: <MGX>” at the Gallery Café, Design Lab 2F at the DDP Design Lab.

If you go to the Seoul Design Festival between November 26th to 30th, in addition to the .MGX items listed above, you can go to COEX Hall B – 35 to find Materialise 3D-printed design products such as dresses from Iris Van Herpen "Voltage” and “Escapism” collections. Also, .MGX and i.materialise Director Miranda Bastijns will illustrate the power of customization through 3D printing in her talk about “Catwalk dresses and hearing aids for millions” on November 27th. Find out more information here.

 
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