Is 3D printing the Future?
Industrial Design focused on Sustainability
Thesis project description
I am an Industrial Design Student specializing in Sustainable design (Design for Planet) at Kolding Design School. In addition, I have a technical background as an Industrial Design Engineer from my bachelor's. My main interest is in 3D printing and Sustainable applications of this technology, for example within housing. However, I am open to suggestions and other topics as well.
I have experience with:
Creative problem-solving, idea generation, and visualization
The design process from beginning to end
3D drawing, modeling, and rendering
I can offer input into the issues you face by using sustainable design models I have learned in my studies, as well as contributing with creative problem-solving skills and an external outlook, maybe shining a new light on problems and projects.
Managerial value of the research
Through school, I have had little experience with the industry. Through my five years, I only worked with external partners twice. This has nudged me to look for experience myself. I had a summer job at Vending Robotics and went to Taos to build sustainable housing for a month. I have also been volunteering besides my studies.
In this project, I want an opportunity to actually help someone and perhaps make a difference. As opposed to just researching, theoretical models and products that may hold the potential to make a difference but will never be produced.
I have recently become engaged in the topic of 3D printing. I want to expand my 3D modeling skills and learn more about this exciting field. The two fields that I am most interested in are regenerative manufacturing/ biodegradable filament and 3D printing of houses.
However, I am open to all fields of collaboration.
Research topic motivation
I have had an interest in sustainable living for a long time. I went to school for one year learning to build mini-houses and learn about self-sufficiency. I went to Taos for a month to learn about, and building, off-grid self-sustaining houses called Earthsips. I am continuously trying to make my daily life less wasteful only buying second hand and working on my food habits to buy more and more locally produced food and making sure when I buy something it is ethically, sustainably, and locally produced if possible. This has been an interest that has always been there with me.
One of my favorite subjects in my bachelor's was CAD. Thinking about topics for my thesis I thought it would be interesting to combine these two interests by exploring the world of 3D printing. It is a field that is rapidly expanding and is becoming more and more relevant in many industries.
Why collaborate with us
My main goal in this thesis is to learn as much as possible and to have fun! I am flexible and am open to collaborating as much and close as needed.
15 to 23 weeks.
Collaboration start date
Number of student
Danish, English, Norwegian
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Project Researcher #1
I enjoy learning new skills, visiting new people, and discovering new places. I believe sharing knowledge, ideas, and ways of viewing the world is vital to dealing with climate change and biodiversity loss. I try to do what I can in my personal life, but I also want it to take up my professional life. I enjoy volunteering. I volunteer at a second-hand, money-free clothing shop called Swap Spot which works by the wapping principle. I have been the chairperson of this organization for six months and the store manager for two. I also took part in the Earthship Academy hosted by Earthsip Biotecture in Taos last spring. Volunteering has taught me so much about the power of sharing knowledge. It has connected me with so many interesting people and projects, and taught me so much! In my spare time, I like to do crafts like knitting and sewing. I also enjoy creating board games or small gifts using the laser cutter, 3D printer, leather workshop, or the other labs and facilities at school and around town.
Passion and motivation
I have recently become interested in 3D printing and its potential as a local, on-demand, and regenerative remanufacturing method. I enjoy 3D modeling and want to expand my skill set. I have basic knowledge of 3D printing, but want to use this thesis to expand my knowledge within this world. In particular within biodegradable filaments or 3D printed buildings. However, I have realized I can become passionate about just about anything as long as I believe in it. I am open to any projects you think I can be a good fit for!
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