Raw Edges Presents 3D Printed Installation at IMM Cologne 2024: A Feature on 3DPrinting.com


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Design studio Raw Edges has showcased their latest creation, “Sense of Surface,” at the IMM Cologne trade show. Their innovative 3D printed installation delves into the dynamic interplay between light and textured surfaces, and features a centerpiece comprising a semi-transparent printed curtain and four 3D printed “volumetric spheres,” seemingly suspended in mid-air.

The 3D printed floating “spheres”. (Image Credit: Raw Edges)

Crafted using a selective laser sintering (SLS) printer, the installation’s 3D structures hang gracefully from above, forming captivating three-dimensional shapes. Raw Edges co-founder Shay Alkalay described the process as akin to a tailor’s meticulous work, highlighting the precision involved in bringing the printed pieces together on-site.

Aligned with IMM Cologne’s 2024 theme, “The Sensuality of Surfaces,” Sense of Surface aimed to transform flat surfaces into intricate and three-dimensional bodies. Raw Edges expressed a long-standing fascination with the relationship between 2D graphic patterns and 3D forms, as evidenced in their previous projects like the wood-dyed Endgrain collection.

The exploration of lighting variations has significantly manipulated the visual perception of the 3D forms. Raw Edges has deliberately experimented with the interplay of translucent surfaces, patterned constructions, and transparency. This exemplifies how different lighting conditions can cause three-dimensional forms to shift from transparent to blurry or opaque.

Alongside the sculptural forms, a curtain crafted from Apollo, a semi-opaque fabric by the German manufacturer Rökona, was presented. Raw Edges infused 3D print onto the material using colorant ink. This culminated in a visually compelling, translucent surface that charmed viewers to enter the installation, providing them with an engaging and interactive encounter.

This installation, designed to be a serene haven in the midst of a busy trade exhibition, has offered attendees a distinctive setting to reflect on the interaction between light and surfaces. Raw Edges, recognized for their ingenuity in transforming commonplace objects into innovative designs, persistently challenges the limitations of 3D printing. They bring to life thought-stirring installations that captivate one’s imagination.

Source: dezeen.com

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