Dirk Vander Kooij has bridged the gap between mass production and 3D printing. Using a repurposed robot from the 1970s, he melts recycled refrigerator parts and adds dye. Then the melted plastic comes out like icing on a cake, one layer after another, until it precisely forms a three-dimensional object. In less than four hours, the robot creates beautiful chairs. Vander Kooij’s work has been featured by MoMA and was awarded the ‘ICFF Design Award’ last year.
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