3D Systems Acquires Freedom Of Creation

FOC general  12.May.2011

3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC) announced today that it has acquired Freedom Of Creation (FOC), the pioneering 3D printing design company based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Click here for the official 3D Systems press release.

Founded in 2000 by Finnish designer Janne Kyttänen Freedom Of Creation has done extensive research in the field of 3D printing, continuously pushing the boundaries with cutting edge innovations, stretching the limits and ultimately building a successful design collection of commercial goods. Using these state of the art 3D printing technologies we actively collaborate with 3rd parties as well as building our own design collection. The products in the FOC collection have been published and exhibited all around the world, they also have been selected for permanent museum collections and have received numerous design accolades worldwide.

Over the past years the 3D printing industry has been picking up speed, moving the technology towards mainstream adoption. To keep our competitive edge and to strengthen our pioneering position we are excited about partnering up with one of the biggest players in the 3D printing industry, 3D Systems. This strategic move helps to realize Freedom Of Creation’s bold plans with 3D printing for both the near and distant future.

Freedom Of Creation opens their doors @ Open Studio Night

FOC general  9.May.2011

Coming Thursday May 12th Freedom Of Creation will participate in the Amsterdam Open Studio Night and open their doors to the public. Are you living in Amsterdam and are interested in design with 3D printing, feel free to drop by and see our design work as well as live 3D printing in action.

If you’re a creative and wish to show your portfolio you can arrange this through the official Open Studio Night website here – be fast since there are only 10 places available.

FOC Talents summer 2011 design brief with Ross Lovegrove

FOC Talents  1.May.2011

We are excited to present the new Talents assignment in cooperation with Ross Lovegrove. In our FOC Talents program we aim to push the envelope of designs that can be created with state-of-the-art digital manufacturing technologies. Ross Lovegrove, just as our previous judges,  Karim Rashid, Ted Noten, Frank Tjepkema, Frederik Roijé and Janne Kyttanen, has produced many such exceptional examples. In this 2011 summer competition the Talents are challenged to come up with a necklace design that touches upon Lovegroves’ vision on design:

Ross Lovegrove next to his DNA staircase

“I am an evolutionary biologist, more than a designer. I don’t know what design is anymore, I create form, I understand form and I’m enjoying the digital age to create it. I’m hoping to push that even further. my work also relates to nature,  in an evolutionary sense as I’m concerned with reduction.  I exercise what is called ‘organic essentialism’ which means using  nothing more – nothing less than is needed. I feel comfortable in this organic, isomorphic, anthropomorphic,  liquid age of making things, but I try not to force it into things that don’t need it.”

Mercury lamp by Ross Lovegrove for Artemide

Andreia Chaves designs pumps with Freedom Of Creation

FOC FOR  19.Apr.2011

The first series of 3D printed shoe designs by designer Andreia Chaves were launched during this years’ Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (February 10-17) in New York. The series entitled ‘Invisible Shoe’ were shown in New York in a exhibition organized by Mercedes-Benz in collaboration with designer Herve Leger and this was followed in March 2011 by a launch in Asia in association with I.T. Hong Kong as well as the opening of the retailers’ new store in Beijing. For the development of the external 3D structures, Chaves has collaborated with the designers of Dutch based studio Freedom Of Creation.

Described as a study of optical effect applied to shoe design, the ‘Invisible Shoe’ series explores the concept of invisibility though the ‘chameleon effect’ while the shoe’s reflective finished surface creates an obscured optical effect with each step taken. This innovative design greatly exceeds the primary function of the shoe, where “protecting” the foot also means “deleting” or “immersing” it into the environment. READ ON

Freedom Of Creation Tree-D printer: The making off

FOC general  1.Apr.2011

It has been a sunny and a day full of laughter here in Amsterdam. How was your April 1st? We have had thousands of Tweets, Facebook likes and several customers are already lining up to buy our Tree-D printer. So without a doubt there is a market for such a device.

Obviously we are not in the business of making a machine that 3D prints wood, however this a clear sign for any 3D printer manufacturer out-there to take on this challenge and make it happen.

We have an endless well of great 3D content, which is dying to get out of our hard drives and turn themselves into tangible wooden products. Since wood is one of the most abundant materials on earth and binding sawdust together with glue is no rocket science, combining this with our designs, would certainly create some kick-ass products.

A special thanks to MocoLoco, FastCoDesign, TreeHugger and Fabbaloo for being the first to pick up our April Fools Tree-D printing story!

Have a nice weekend all…:-)