Digital Fabrication Studio, VCUQatar
Leslie Forehand, Designer
Hawa Stwodah, Faisal Mohammad, Barbara Charrue, Hadeer Omar, Noha Fouad, Yasmeen Suleiman, Sultana Jesmine
This project challenged the intended use of a product by investigating its usability through the incorporation of 3D-printed parts. The concept of a 3D printer as a new product generator has emerged as an extremely viable commercial resource. However, the manner in which these machines will be utilized and implemented is still in flux; print times are long, and printers may never have the ability to print complex and sophisticated forms, such as a pair of sneakers. For this project, we treated the present as a place where mass-produced products and 3D printed parts can be synthesized to create/customize/transform.
Students took these ubiquitous objects and re-imagined their aesthetic and function, elevating them to the realm of the extraordinary. From this perspective, consumer goods can be viewed as semi-finished, primed for re-imagination. In other words, the original object becomes material for new creation, and presents opportunities for inventive design to occur in the space between 'consumer' and 'manufacturer'.