3D printing, as a medium, is central to a variety of design and fabrication projects underway at the DFZ. At the DFZ, 3D printers are used in a variety of ways, from producing positives for casting art objects to fabricating wearable tech and flexible garments.  The DFZ recently added two new printers to its collection: the Form2 by FormLabs, which prints with resin, and the Lulzbot TAZ 6, which is set up to print with flexible filaments.

Below are descriptions of current DFZ projects that are leveraging 3D printing technology:

 The Digital Junkyard by Car Martin is an experiment in virtual salvage. It is a repository of donated digital information used to generate real, physical objects. Making use of the derelict bits of ideas, lines, code, vectors, patterns, curves that clutter up our hard drives, The Digital Junkyard seeks to mine the embodied intellectual energy stored in digital files.

Autonomous Assemblies by Jessica Lee is an exploration of autogenic processes to form new interior volumes. Jessica’s work investigates emerging techniques and computational methods, challenging the current role of technology in conceptualizing spaces.

Recursive Assemblies aims to further explore the practical and artistic applications of 3D printing. DFZ member Aaron Hendershott has produced a series of 3D fractal scale models  that demonstrate the complexities of fractal geometries and their potential applications.

Rare Item by DFZ member Miles Gertler is a collection of instant heirlooms, or, one-of-a-kind design objects unburdened by the expectation of function. These objects—hand-cast and pigmented resin—reproduce, in material terms, the nostalgia and affection already present in inherited heirlooms. Their functionality varies, but in their simplest forms, they are alternatives to rock collecting, floral arrangements, or sculpture.
Instructions: look upon, stroke fondly, re-arrange, repeat.