While there are so many important applications regarding 3D printing today, as we know, with the ability to change processes, worlds, and lives, one incredibly glorious benefit from the technology also is the latitude it now allows artists and designers, as well as those creating fashion and furniture. With the self-sustainability afforded at the helm, not to mention speed, quality, and affordability in materials and savings over traditional methods, you’d think it might be easy just to go wild in creating. Well, what could be better? One area of ‘fashion’ where we’ve seen some great results previously is in that of masks, meant for everything from gaming to meaningful art.
While they do have their creepy side, masks can also be very elegant—as was definitely the case at a recent tradeshow with the WINDFORM 3D Printed Collagene Masks collection, designed by MHOX and produced by CRP Technology, on display at the third edition of furniPRO Asia. Held recently at the Singapore Expo Convention Centre, this show acts as the biennial regional trade exhibition for the woodworking, furniture, and panel production industries.
You may ask yourself what masks have to do with furniture and construction parts, but these special pieces of fashion and art were made by CRP Technology, one of the largest Italian 3D printing and prototyping companies. Due to the WINDFORM line, they are able to produce many different parts for their customers in a variety of applications. Not only are the parts highly functional, but as exemplified by the masks, they are beautiful too. The company’s global focus is on producing parts that are superior mechanically and aesthetically.
“3D Printing becomes manufacturing when applied with materials like WINDFORM that have high quality and high strength,” states the CRP Technology team.
As one of the major highlights of the show, WINDFORM materials were been displayed at the Innovation of Interior expo, a future-oriented exhibit premiering from interzum Cologne, curated by Dr. Sascha Peters. The showcase is meant for architects and interior designers with a flair for the look of the future, who also enjoy innovative ideas and unique designs. Most importantly, the focus in this exhibit was to emphasize the potential for 3D printing in terms of furniture design, with the idea that they would walk away both delighted and inspired.
“It was a great success,” said Dr. Peters of the expo.
Many notables attended, and even Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Lim Hng Kian, stopped to admire the 3D printed masks, which are constructed with both WINDFORM LX 2.0 and WINDFORM GT materials.
Fully tested for sensitivity to skin, the masks were custom-made with a freeform design. And according to the CRP Technology team, these can be tailor-made to the face with this unique combination of 3D printing and WINDFORM. They created the custom forms with 3D scanning and then by using a custom software application created by the Italian designers. With the software, a specially fitting and unique mask was made for each person.
“The creation of a set of masks offers the opportunity of deepening the sensibility throughout a research on the relationship between body and dress, imagining the mask as the product of the growth of a virtual organism on the human face,” states the design team. “The object keeps its traditional functions of body prosthesis, providing identity alteration and concealment, stimulating viewers’ imagination and visual association.”
This project is meant to explore the border between physical and virtual, connecting the idea of new technology with the body. The company states that they see these masks as symbols of a last frontier for WINDFORM in that they were applications considered impossible to realize. Quite on the contrary, these materials can also be applied for use in everything from space to use as functional parts, offering what they see as unlimited uses, and great potential for high performance in every case. As a company, CRP Technology specializes in quality, reliability, short delivery time, and research of innovative solutions. Have you ever seen masks like these? Discuss in the 3D Printed Masks forum over at 3DPB.com.
All images supplied to 3DPrint.com courtesy of CRP Group.