I am a big fan of directly 3D printing sand to create final products and no company in the world has been able to explore this concept as much—or as beautifully—as Sandhelden. I feel that this type of application is already viable for mass production and that it’s just a matter of more companies embracing sand binder jetting as a production option. Further proof? The beautiful new SIMBIOSIS collection of quartz sand 3D printed designer sinks.
The term symbiosis applies to biological interaction, to the close and persistent relationship between organisms of different species. In this case, SIMBIOSIS, a collection of countertop basins, refers to the close connection between architecture and product design, which have interacted symbiotically throughout history.
Imagine combining these with the 3D printed faucets from UNIQ-Ǝ or Kallista. This is a clear vision of what many consumer products will look like, even larger-size furniture and decorative items. The quality that 3D printing processes and 3D printable material can now achieve is certainly up to par. It is just a matter of understanding how to use them proficiently.
According to Sandheldn, SIMBIOSIS can be understood as an architectural product with proportions and inspiration typical from classic construction techniques. A close relationship that joins in the bathroom space, in which classic architectural values such as elegance, sobriety and nobility are reflected in the design line of the washbasin.
Its design stands for shapes that are comfortable, simple and clean both in their perception and in their use in an environment that invites relaxation, tranquillity and calm. These timeless designs seamlessly fit in any period or era. The objects do not distract the user from the bathroom experience but give an added value to the aesthetics and comfort of the space. The mono surface color, changing texture along the shape and quartz sand as a unique material provide a high-quality product.
The products, like other Sandhelden sand-3D printed products, were printed by ExOne using binder jetting technology. Usually, this process is used to produce very large sand molds, which have a high value and thus easily justify the initial investment required to cover the CapEx necessary for a large ExOne sand 3D printing system. However, as more users and designers learn to embrace this process, by following the example laid out by Sandhelden, higher demand will enable more firms to offer these services at more competitive costs. This will pave the way to a new generation of much more sustainable furniture products Imagine being able to serially produce mass customized ceramic products without using molds at a price that is competitive with mass-produced ones. I’d find this approach to be much more in SIMBIOSIS with the planet.