From project to object – Digital handicraft with 3D printers
3D printing is strictly bounded to Fourth Industrial Revolution becouse it consents to everybody who has the knowledge (or the chance to reach it) the instruments to transform a project into an object. After the advent of industrialization the chance of production was concentrated in a few people’s hands. Thanks to 3D printing everybody can produce what he needs, this kind of approach is the new handicraft or digital handicraft.
Sadly, 3D printing isn’t a solution yet but just a trend. That’s becouse of the use of plastic materials which aren’t functional in everyday life. Materials aren’t fitting the evolution of shapes that a 3D printers can do, a beautiful PLA vase has esthethic contents that are limited becouse of the functional lack, an object like this doesn’t fit for sale.
Wasp means to make a step towards handicraft and self-made, self-production. So we choose to print with functional materials that come from tradition and can be used in our lives, just like ceramic, clay, metal clay. This isn’t only a step towards handicraft but to the world we would like.
Our leading idea is hanicraft and self-production, we try to create processes to support the progress and people’s health. For this reason we don’t produce only printers but also the chance to make real things, to make a change.
In the picture a ceramic work printed by Jonathan Keep and a PLA vase printed by DeltaWasp