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)…
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.
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.
Nice shape for my chair. Or table? Or … something else…
Stat to sketch baby!
4 side view in 3D software (it is a table I guess)
Lady and gentleman I present you THE CHAIR by FRONT.
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: