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Felix Mollinga 3D Prints Frames That Let Crystals Grow Into Lamps with Additive Crystal

Felix Mollinga 3D Prints Frames That Let Crystals Grow Into Lamps with Additive Crystal

Written by David

December 13, 2018

Dutch Designer Felix Mollinga has developed a very interesting path to a final product. He uses a desktop 3D printer to 3D print a frame for a lamp. This frame is then submerged into a solution and crystals grow on top of the polymer frames. This leaves him with a very natural object that was made through 3D printing. According to Felix, “The process of 3D-printing and the forming of mineral crystals seem worlds apart, but are actually based on the same principle, slowly materializing layer by layer. Fascinated by their similarities and differences, I managed to manipulate them into a co-creative unity. Both materials need a day to complete their part of the structure. The printing is controlled, precise, and industrial. The crystals are unpredictable, stubborn, and organic. One strengthens fragility and the other contributes sparkle and translucency.” These kinds of combinations of the natural and the mechanical […]

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