Continuously Printed Panton

That extruded-plastic icon of the 1960s, the Panton Chair, has recently received a lattice-like update for the 3D-printed present. A team from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture—Hyunchul Kwon, Amreen Kaleel, and Xiaolin Li, known as CurVoxels—is developing robotics and processes for large-scale 3D printing. Using a custom-made printer that extrudes strings of plastic that dry in the air, they continuously printed their version of the Panton Chair using a system of voxelization, the breaking down of a digital schematic into volumetric pixels, or voxels. This cubist abstraction of curved form gives the final product its textured result.

Watch a video about the process here.

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