From Addition to Production

The project “FROM ADDITION TO PRODUCTION” explores the possibilities of rapid prototyping used as a manufacturing process. Generative form and rapid prototyping technologies result in new design leeway and distribution possibilities, which were impossible with traditional manufacturing. Even though 3D printing cannot compete with mass production in many cases, (especially in regards to production speed and costs), there are many gaps where 3D printing is superior to established manufacturing methods. Three-dimensional composite materials, for example, do not contain the potential to revolutionize the assembly and manufacturing of products, but also to offer much greater scope for design. Mass customization, lightweight construction, wearables, adapted medical technology or health products are further examples that demonstrate the potential of digital fabrication technologies. That presents the designer with different challenges which are still open for exploration.




Natalia Echeverri Pinto