Is it possible to let a first sketch become an object, to design directly onto space?
The four FRONT members have developed a method to materialize free hand sketches. They make it possible by using a unique method where two advanced techniques are combined.

It is nice. Maybe in the future we can draw a lot of things like a new wife or a new TV. (I know isn’t possible but let me dream to)…

Sketch Furniture
You can see here how the FRONT members sketch in the air. A chair, a table and a other strange thing :)

Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialized through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture.

Sketch Furniture
After the girls play now it tech guy to make some magic and put the ugly sketches in 3D file.

Motion Capture is a technique that translates motions into 3D-files. Motion capture is mostly used for animations in movies and computer games. Front have used the technique to simply record the tip of a pen when they draw pieces of furniture in the air. Rapid Prototyping is a technique that materializes 3D-files. A laser beam builds the 3D-file layer by layer within a liquid plastic material. Every 0.1mm the liquid harden by a laser beam. After a few hours, the 3D-files come out as materialized pieces.


Sketch Furniture
Nice shape for my chair. Or table? Or … something else…

Sketch Furniture
Stat to sketch baby!

Sketch Furniture
4 side view in 3D software (it is a table I guess)

Sketch Furniture
Lady and gentleman I present you THE CHAIR by FRONT.

Sketch Furniture
Looks like… this furniture was melt by a fire. Or maybe is just art? Or future? You decide.

The Sketch Furniture project in Japan is made in collaboration with Barry Friedman Ltd. Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama and Crescent.

You can see the technology in following a video:

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