Our names are Heleen Oude Nijhuis, Isabelle Laros, Lemin Chen and Max Hamelijnck. We are a multidisciplinary team of students from the TU Delft with backgrounds in respectively Nanobiology, Industrial Design, Life Science and Technology and Civil Engineering. In the context of the minor Advanced Prototyping we will be exploring the possibilities of using natural processes as input for 3D printing. Our research will mainly happen at the Applied Labs at the faculty of Industrial Design.
Last week we met our mentor, researcher Zjenja Doubrovski. He is a PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He received his MSc degree in Integrated Product Design and after his graduation, while working as a designer, he developed an interest in the application of Additive Manufacturing/3D printing as a production method. 3D Printing is changing the world of production and consumption, but the consequences for industrial designers are not yet known. In his current research, initiated by the TU Delft and now funded by the industry, he focusses on design methods for 3D printing: how do designers need to work and what tools do they need in order to really benefit from this technology? The research in this field at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering is expanding by contributions from graduation students and close collaboration with the industry.