A collective of makers from the Warsaw multidisciplinary design studio UAU has been making waves in the Polish design scene with a recent exhibition at the renowned Gdynia Design Days 2017. Titled RE:MAIN, UAU’s newest initiative is a set of 3D printed objects for daily use and problem solving.
Born out of a series of workshops held in Gdynia, UAU’s RE:MAIN project aims to target and conceptualize problems we face every day – whether minor crises or great cataclysms. From surviving financial problems, overcoming mobility problems, and self-reliant food production, to building your own inconspicuous flashlight, the problems tackled in the RE:MAIN exhibit are as diverse as their design solutions.
First up is a “cradle cart” by Jacek Ryn. As a device designed to assist children crawling on all fours with motor dysfunction, this 3D printed object could prove assistive in cases including cerebral palsy, spinal hernia, genetic syndromes and spina bifida. Ryn used an SLS system for this specialize device in order to best combine a springy support with rigid construction. As the Warsaw-based designer notes, his cradle cart is only the beginning of what’s possible with the technology: “3D printing opens new possibilities in the field of designing rehabilitation devices,” he says. “Thanks to this method of production it is possible to precisely adjust the geometry to the needs of the particular patient.”
Likewise, Nikodem Szpunar and Kamila Niedzwiedzka also targeted health issues with their fruit and vegetable dryer. As it becomes increasingly difficult to access unprocessed, healthy food, the two designers turned their attention to the process of food production, and more specifically, how to easily produce long-lasting food. The act of drying foods, they note, has been around for centuries and remains one of the most popular ways of preserving food. With Szpunar and Niedzwiedzka’s device, fruit and vegetable preserving becomes easier and more efficient: the dryer can be hung outside the window or on top of a radiator, while not consuming any extra energy.
Asia Piaścik, on the other hand, focused on the minutiae of our everyday consumption. “A morning without coffee? For many it is a crisis situation comparable to a drought,” she writes. “The Drip (Kapka) allows the brewing of this energy drink without the need to use disposable paper filters.” It’s a solution to material shortages on an individual scale, Piaścik explains, as well as on a global scale, with regard to the Earth’s dwindling natural resources.
Duszan Almonkari decided to go small with his 3D printed piece as well. His lantern with a flashlight embedded inside emits a “pleasantly softened light,” as opposed to the sharp spotlights typically seen with flashlights. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, Almonkari says the device also rethinks the concept of flashlights altogether: “The form of the lamp is subordinated to the rigor of simplicity and harmony instead of the language of survival equipment.”
Finally, Miłosz Dąbrowski and Justyna Fałdzińska focused on the issue of materials proper. Their clever Make Your Own Ceramic (MYOC) device is designed for self-making and self-decorating small objects made of porcelain or ceramic. “Thanks to 3D printing, MYOC molds can be produced in any quantity and, unlike plaster molds, they do not require drying.” Once the prints are prepared, they can be dried and burned in a ceramic oven.
The UAU’s RE:MAIN project was curated by Justyna Fałdzińska and Miłosz Dąbrowski, and first exhibited during the 10th edition of Gdynia Design Days 2017.
Julia. “Polish Design Studio UAU Wants to Solve Everyday Crisis with 3D Printing.” 3ders.Org, 2 Aug. 2017, www.3ders.org/articles/20170802-polish-design-studio-uau-wants-to-solve-everyday-crisis-with-3d-printing.html.