daniel de bruin builds hand-powered analog 3D printer to reconnect along with his designs

Daniel de Bruin built his own analog 3D printer to reconnect with his work and lessen his sense of alienation. The designer has changed the configuration of his digital printer and created a relatively old-fashioned apparatus that produces almost primitive ceramics that feel handcrafted and exude individuality.

All images courtesy of Daniel de Bruin

Daniel de Bruin fully realized the benefits of digital 3D printing and developed the urge to regain the authorship of his work. ‘are these printed products still mine? or are they just a result of this new technology? ‘ he asks. With this in mind, the designer decided to rebuild his digital printer and convert it into a hand-operated mechanism. “By adding my body’s strength as the sole source of energy for the process, I can restore my relationship to its outcome,” he explains. The products finally seem to be his again – or at least the result of an equal collaboration.

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The machine was built in phases and there was no fixed plan for the shape of the various components. In addition, no computers were used to model the machine in advance. de bruin created his printer alone in his workshop after processing and testing his ideas. There were many factors to think about and even more to choose from. The biggest challenge was keeping the wall thickness the same as the radius gets bigger. This was solved through the use of a variomatic system that works in conjunction with the printer’s guide wire.

daniel de bruin builds a hand-operated analog 3D printer to reconnect with his designs

The machine is powered by lifting a weight of 10 kilograms without any external power supply such as electricity. The shape of the print is controlled by a metal wire that can be changed for each piece. The products are the result of all the user’s energy invested in the analog printer. Hence, a strong bond is established between the designer and the resulting products. These are not products of the machine, but products of his hand.

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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | Design boom