Voxel Chair 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 Voxel Chair was developed for the exhibition “ Imprimer Le Monde” at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The software is based on research lead by Manuel Jimenez Garcia and Gilles Retsin at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Design Computation Lab.
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 printed in Avila.
Product: VoxelChair v1.0
Designed by: Manuel Jiménez García & Gilles Retsin
Produced by: Nagami Design with Vicente Soler
Credits: Design Computation Lab, Bartlett School of Architecture UCL.