3DN: Can you present yourself and your link with 3D printing?
3DN: What is the idea behind Freshfiber?
Freshfiber was founded by Jurjen Rolf and Christian Dijkhof back in 2009, when 3D printing was not known to the general public yet. The company was set up to specialize in fashionable 3D printed protection designs for electronics, such as phones and tablets. Freshfiber was the first brand to sell fully 3D printed products in retail stores worldwide.
3DN: What is the design process?
3DN: What is the added value of 3D printing when it comes to design? And the limitations?
From cutting costs to increasing efficiency, 3D printing has an undeniably significant impact on our design and manufacturing process. The technology enables fast prototyping, so we can design something today and have a prototype in our hands tomorrow. This drastically accelerates our design process. There is no need for expensive tooling and no need for vast quantities of goods stocked in warehouses. We are also a big believer of personalization, therefore we offer our customers the possibility to elegantly personalize their Freshfiber product with a name, text or logo, without disrupting the original design.
Every production technique comes with limitations, however as a designer it’s the art of translating these possibilities, innovations and limitations into design opportunities. People are looking for unique pieces and truly fitted products. Our products stand out by their contemporary aesthetic, crossing the line between sculpture and industrial design. 3D printing enables a new creative approach and new design complexities, that are impossible or too expensive to achieve with traditional manufacturing technologies.
3DN: Can you tell us a bit more about your most recent product?
We just expanded our range of products with a brand new lighting collection, a beautiful series consisting of three lamp designs: Fold, Flux and ZooM. Each lamp was created by a local designer and combines delicate design with 3D printing, carefully selected materials and traditional hand finishing techniques. The collection comes in various models and sizes, suitable for residential homes, restaurants and hotels.
3DN: Do you have any insights on the future of 3D printing in the world of art, design and fashion?
3DN: Any last words for our readers?
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