VoxelChair v1.0 at Centre Pompidou

Nagami Design participates with the production of the VoxelChair v1.0 in the exhibition “Imprimer le monde” at Centre Pompidou in Paris, one of the most important collections of modern art in the world.


This exhibition brings together a younger generation of artists, designers and architects who make use of 3D printing as an analytical and experimental tool. In its selection of some thirty “creators”, Imprimer le monde [Printing the World] reveals the transformation of forms within a “digital materiality” that has given birth to a new typology of objects having 3D printing in common. From micro (the printing of living cells) to macro (the printing of full-size buildings), additive manufacturing is not only revolutionising science and industry but raising profound questions about the status of the finished object.


The VoxelChair, designed by Manuel Jiménez García and Gilles Retsin, is a first prototype designed using a new design software specifically developed for robotic 3D-Printing. Rather than using pre-defined forms and then “slicing” these it into toolpaths or triangular patterns, this software allows to design and control thousands of line-fragments. The software is based on research lead by Manuel Jimenez Garcia and Gilles Retsin at the Design Computation Lab of the Bartlett School of Architecture.


As a test-case to demonstrate the properties of the software, the designers developed Voxel Chair 1.0, which is based on the shape of a Panton chair. After doing a structural analysis, 2.36 km of toolpath is assembled into one continuous line. The chair was printed with a pellet-extruder, an extruder which uses raw plastic particles rather than filament. The plastic is PLA, a non toxic, biodegradable plastic from renewable resources such as corn-starch. The chair uses a transparent PLA, mixed with cyan-colored particles, which results in a color gradient. It was designed in London, and then printed in Avila, at the workshop of Nagami Design in collaboration with Vicente Soler.


The exhibition will be open until June 19, 2017, at Galerie 4 of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.