Michael Hoppe has been working with 3D printing since 1998. What started as a specialised prototyping process has evolved into the next generation of manufacturing. This project has grown out of research into ways to best use additive manufacturing processes for domestic use. Digital design and 3D printing allow for an ever-expanding range of virtual products. It can create infinite variety without investing in tooling. Through the use of these technologies, the lights are able to be printed on demand, resulting in no oversupply or wastage.
There is also the potential in the long term for products like this to be printed at home, without the need to be an enthusiast or have expertise in using 3D printers. Using digital design and manufacturing processes, simple products in a range of materials including metal, stone, wood and plastic can be created. The range of materials means that this product can suit any environment at a range of prices.
This project is an exploration of the materiality of rapid manufacturing techniques. Using digital design and manufacturing processes to create a simple product in a range of materials including metal, stone, wood and plastic, this is a candelabra which takes tea light candles at one end and standard candles at the other.
Image Above: Ray, 2018, 3D printed SLS nylon. Photo: courtesy of the artist.
Image Below: Orb, 2017, CNC machined aluminium, stone, acrylic. 3D printed sandstone, polymer. Photo: courtesy of the artist.
Michael Hoppe is an industrial designer with a long career in developing products with a methodology that combines the technical with the creative. User centred design and innovation are defining factors in his work.