Exhibition, Current Students
Adjunct Associate Professor Kivi Sotamaa and his Spring 2013 Technology Seminar students were included in the Helsinki Design Week's Audi 3D Lab and exhibited at the Helsinki Design week from September 12-22.
The studio set out to focuses on design as a method for exploring new applications and business potentials of Additive Manufacturing Technologies, and nanoscopically structured fibrous cellulose. The seminar participants developed workflows, design applications, and business models based on the characteristics and manufacturing processes related to 3D printed fibrous Nanocellulose.
The aim of the seminar was to introduce students to the cutting edge of digital design and manufacturing, and as a group, to go beyond that edge in order to create new design innovations, that can influence and drive the ongoing technical and scientific research. The seminar began by exploring and mapping out the technologies, and their possible areas of application, and proceeded by executing a number of case studies, developing work flows, and culminated in the production of 3D printed prototypes.
Fully Customizable 3D Printed Motorcycle Glove
Students: Ryan Hong and Andrew Raffel
The market for motorcycle gloves is limited, so someone looking for a personalized high performance Moto GP glove finds their choices limited to different colors.
Flexibility, performance and protection have been maximized with attention to detail and design. Where the rider is the most exposed, the glove’s design creates the greatest distance between skin and asphalt to minimize risk in case of crash.
Individual joints allow for the maximum range of motion required for steering flexibility. The aim has also been to let the motorcyclist feel more at one with the bike without losing grip or protection. The glove was created at Solid Concepts Inc. using a process called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), which allows for a high level of control as well as detail within the desired design. In this case, the customer would have their hand scanned, or create a digital model in which a unique glove can be printed. To ensure personalization, the customer would be involved throughout the design process. A high level of customization once reserved for the most elite is now easily accessible for any passionate rider.
Students: Jac Currie, Mo Harmon, and Tas Oszkay
Customers can customize their own 3D printed skateboard to order through a digital interface with variables including size and shape. Variety characterizes the skateboarding market, where new styles of skating are constantly causing diversions. A recent example of this is the boom in small plastic cruiser decks, most famously manufactured by Penny Australia. Cavity Skateboards recognizes their success but pushes the medium using 3D printing technology to produce a more refined product.
The intricate mineral skeletons of Radiolaria have served as performative and geometric inspiration throughout the development of this project. Their thin strained-like skeletons are structurally strong and durable yet also extremely lightweight. Emulating key aspects of this geometry serves the purpose for structural and esthetic value of the skateboard, but it also truly takes advantage of the additive manufacturing process. Traditional manufacturing would not be able to achieve the intricacy and complexity of the board's design. 3D printing to reach the high performance required, while maintaining the product's light weight. The result is a skateboard unlike anything ever seen before.
The shape of the board was designed with convex curvature and as the weight of the skater is applied, the board will naturally deflect downward compressing into a flat surface. This allows more of the material to remain in compression.
The World’s Most Seamless Soccer Boot
Students: Brian Barnes, Jacob Bloom, Adam Rude
Soccer footwear and protection equipment have historically been separate: cleats and shin guards each performing a unique and independent function. As a result of the discontinuities between cleats and shin guards cause, large bumps occur on the top and sides of the feet and the shins, which can lead to erratic strikes of the soccer ball.
Multi-material 3D printing and the application of fibrous structural organizations allow for cleats and shin guards to be combined into a single seamless boot.