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The four FRONT members have developed a method to materialise free hand sketches. They make it possible by using a unique method where two advanced techniques are combined. Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture.

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Swedish design group FRONT has launched Sketch Furniture, which is a method to materialize freehand sketches. Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture, and the resulting 3-D patterns are output digitally to a laser sintering machine. Over several days, the machine produces the object by shaping and hardening 0.1-mm layers of liquid plastic. Sketch Furniture is on view and on sale (about USD 10,500 per piece) at the Barry Friedman Gallery in New York.

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Patrik (author)2007-11-27

Definitely need some VR goggles to do the drawing though...

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Weissensteinburg (author)2007-11-27

That's really neat..that kind of thing would fit in as props for a "The science of sleep" type movies.

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trebuchet03 (author)2007-11-27

So how strong is sintered plastic? Is this furniture usable, or just art?

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ewilhelm (author)trebuchet032007-11-27

I have made final parts using FDM 3D printing, which, if large enough, would easily be usable furniture. I think the issue here is cost -- even though this is high concept art, I bet a significant portion of the $10 K price tag is in actually building the part.

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guyfrom7up (author)2007-11-27
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Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)2007-11-27
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fungus amungus (author)2007-11-27

Cool. I saw pictures of the drawings and results a year or two ago, but the video is slick.

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Goodhart (author)2007-11-27