MoDiP‘s Symbiosis project went out on a high. We had 14
people from 10 companies attend a workshop entitled ‘The Plastics Paradox:
Demistifying 3D Printed Design’. The
event was co-hosted by MoDiP with Knowledge Exchange colleagues and brought a
new audience to the Museum drawn from the largely local maker industries. It is
a key audience for MoDiP and just that targeted by the Symbiosis project.
The day began with an introduction to MoDiP and engaging
insights into our current exhibition: Polyphonic: Music through Plastics. The latter was given by Louise
Dennis, co-curator with Pam Langdown of the exhibition. Then I gave a talk that
placed 3-D printing in the wider context of past and present plastics
manufacturing. We also looked in detail
at examples of 3D printing drawn from the collection, all of which are printed
in polyamide, better known as nylon.
Patrick Jouin’s Oneshot folding stool, complete with
concealed hinges, was in particular a source of wonder.
It was really interesting to talk to designers and
manufacturers who have hands on experience of the material and see the subject
from such a different perspective. Some
had personal experience of injection moulding but were intrigued to be
introduced to other manufacturing processes and especially earlier ones, such
as thermo-forming, compression moulding, casting and hand fabrication.
Then we went to the University’s workshop where James Wood,
industrial designer who, having worked for Nokia, LG and numerous European
Consultancies, has set up Studio Wood in Bournemouth. His clients include Joseph
Joseph, Beko and Autographer. He talked us through the advantages of 3-D
printing as a prototyping medium and shared with us the disappointment of
projects being pulled as they are about to go into production. Attendees then had
a tour of the University’s 3D printing facilities and hands on experience of
breaking 3D printed pieces out from their mould.
|Meet the Maker participants|
The event finished with a sandwich lunch providing plenty of
time for networking. MoDiP has made some really useful contacts on which we are
already building. I am confident that, as a result of the event, MoDiP will
acquire as a minimum one more industry supporter.
We would like to thank Lucy Devall, Innovation Officer, for organising this successful event.
Susan Lambert (Head of MoDiP)