The future is local: micromoulding machine & soft biocomposites
Velvety soft baby carrier made in the Netherlands with a unique biocomposite
New opportunities for local production on an industrial scale
With a unique manufacturing technique using bio composites, Bas Froon shows new opportunities to bring back industrial production of labour-intensive ‘soft’ products to local manufacturers. At the Dutch Design Week 2017 he will present his conceptual machine and a first application: a velvety soft and tailor-made baby carrier made of this special and sustainable material. Bas Froon graduated at the Post Graduate Course Industrial Design. This English taught course is aimed at designers who want to use applied design to contribute to the world of today and tomorrow.
An extraordinary technique: sustainable and tailor-made
He developed a ‘micromoulding’ machine that makes it possible to locally change material qualities from a velvety soft material into a strong and lightweight plastic. Using a personal 3D scan or custom computer design, each product will be tailor-made and unique. To demonstrate this technique Bas developed a light and supportive baby-carrier that is based on a body scan of its user.
Bas: “Instead of labour-intensive assembly of different parts, I managed to use only one type of material. That makes it much easier to assemble a product, but also makes it possible to re-use the materials for new products at the end of its lifetime. With this very special technique we will be able to manufacture in the Netherlands again in a very competitive and sustainable way.”