After being inspired by an old 3D printer, Dutch student Dirk van der Kooij got his hands on an industrial robot from a Chinese production line to help him with his graduation project. Designing furniture with the use of 3D printing was the mission so he transformed this robot into a 3D printer called Furoc. This printer can print out furniture as a continuous line and can produce a chair in a variety of colors and designs within 3 hours. This method allows the furniture to be made 40 times faster than the traditional way of 3D printing.
Furoc 3D printer
With his Furoc printer, Dirk won the Dutch Design Award and the DMY award in Berlin. He is currently taking on dozens of exhibitions across Europe to showcase his creation.
The next video shows you how this continuous printer actually works:
To produce the “Endless” rocking chair, Dirk went through 54 prototypes to reach the final design. The neat thing in this process was that each ‘failed’ prototype was shredded en reused in the process of creating the next.
If you are interested in Dirk’s designs or want to know some more about his project, you can visit his website here.