With my travels in London coming towards an end for now, I wanted to make sure that I talked about an intriguing company that I stumbled upon that does great work with 3D Printing. I stumbled upon them as I was visiting a makerspace called Machine Room. So let’s take a look at the cool design company, Batch Works.
Batch.Works makes 3D printed consumer products a reality for the common consumer. They have an ideology focused on making products specifically for people and organizations. They use 3D Printing and local design to create interesting and unique designs. They are dedicated to working with local makers and designers to create on demand designs and projects. This is crucial for reducing supply chain waste. Their batch manufacturing process through 3D Printing allows them to create rapid prototypes and design iterations that are consistent with a consumer’s wants. They have a focus on environmental responsibility as well. They try to source environmentally responsible material that is biodegradable. They also take their 3D printing processes to live events for different local markets.
I had the privilege of seeing the office space as well as the 3D Printing farm they have setup with many Prusa printers. It was cool to see the effective supply chain they had created. They have created a process where they can continuously print objects without having to continuously start a job. It is a simple but effective method they have employed to create batches of products. For example, they are currently working on a project to print pen shells.
The company as a whole is focusing purely on 3D printed designs as it provides a unique aesthetic compared to a lot of designs on the market. In particular, they are focusing on the use of Prusa printers because of the ridges that are embedded within this type of PLA based prints. One can use a resin printer to make very smooth prints that look very precise and clean. This loses the novelty of 3D Printing according to Batch.Works. They see that the ability to have a distinct look within their designs is vital to their brand image.
The founder and CEO of the organization is Julien Vaissieres. He started the company in 2017. He has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Architecture from Université libre de Bruxelles. I got to talk with him briefly on how he started the company and why he did so. Julien explained how he was always interested in the interfacing of digital fabrication and product creation. 3D printing was the best way for him to work in the digital realm as well as the physical product realm. It all started with him with his first Prusa printer in his apartment and he grew the farm larger.
The products that fascinated me the most where the 3D printed lamps they are currently working on. The ridges within the designs are outstanding as they do provide a unique and clean look within the designs. Personally I would install these lamps in my new apartment anytime. What really made me excited about the company was how they utilized their small space in a precise way. This makes me wonder how effective they will be once they grow larger.
Overall, Batch.Works is definitely a startup to watch. The specialty design work they are doing as well as the focus on specific projects allows them to have design integrity, and they are continuously building fun projects with various designers globally.
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