Velvety soft biobased babycarrier
tailor made baby carrier made in the Netherlands with a unique soft biocomposite
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 KABK Graduation Show 2017 and the Dutch Design Week 2017 he presented his conceptual ‘micromoulding’ 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 of the Royal Academy of Art The Hague.
The micromoulding process gives the soft material strength. By using digital designs , each product can get’s it’s unique pattern.
The pattern is not only esthetical: the density of the pattern influences the amount of flexibility and stretch in the material.
Customisation in size, but also level of support or flexibility is therefore possible.
“One size does not fits all” – a personal experience
Most baby carrying products are ‘one size fits all’ and therefore have a very poor fit – you need to strap flexible belts very tight in order to carry 10+ kg safely around.
What if you can use digital customisation techniques to produce a more supportive and tailor-made carrier?
This design features a strong and flexible composite backframe based on the size and shape of the back of the parent. Its covered at both sides with a soft layer of the same composite material.
An extraordinary technique: sustainable and tailor-made
Bas developed a ‘micromoulding’ machine that makes it possible to locally change material qualities from a velvety soft material into a strong and lightweight biodegradable plastic. Using a personal 3D scan or custom computer design, each product will be tailor-made and unique.
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.”