Material: Recycled PLA
Industry: Design & Architecture
“The 3D Bar” is the first bar ever to be completely 3D printed by a robotic arm system, developed by Caracol and during the 2019 edition of Milan Design Week. At “The 3D Bar” visitors could enjoy a drink sourrounded by the organic shapes of the bar.
These geometries were conceived through a generative design process and produced thanks to the Caracol’s deep knowledge in additive manufacturing technologies. To print such a big installation, Caracol has used a proprietary technology that converts industrial robots into extremely fast and flexible 3D printers, able to overcome the limits of traditional printers.
By combining design and technology “The 3D Bar” witness how is possible to create an unprecedent and astonishing aesthetic that is expression of a new sustainable way of production.
Environmental sustainability is a core element in the design of “The 3D Bar”: since this robotic technology is able to directly process recycled plastics in form of pellets and shreds, every furniture piece of “The 3D Bar”, from stool to counter, is made of recycled PLA. We partnered with Flo Spa and recovered their industrial plastic waste coming from coffee cups, to use it as construction material for “The 3D Bar”.
This circular economy approach, that adds new value to the discarded plastic, combined to additive manufacturing made “The 3D Bar” a vituous example of an innovative and sustainable crafting solution.
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