During the production phase, one of the challenges we had to face was that the surface consists largely of thin single walls. When the metal cools down the metal shrinks and therefore, warps. We solved this problem by printing the initial organic shape and stiffening elements on the back side at the same time. Due to the advantages of 3D printing, you can alternate your design while producing the piece without disrupting the production. Another way to reduce shrinkage is to control the interpass temperature.
“With MX3D’s technology and the collaboration with Takenaka, we show the world that we can now apply generative engineering and optimization algorithms into new shape languages and implement this into different industries.” – Kasper Siderius, MX3D
“We wanted to create lumps of light and soft shapes that would fit the human posture, by using the material and expression which were the furthest away from that image, and eventually were able to create works, abstract and yet making you feel like touching them, in a space aimed at accumulating knowledge.” – Hiroshi Hasegawa, Takenaka Corporation
Photograph credits: TOREAL, Koji Fujii