Everyday things, they’re everywhere, we use them every day, hence their name… but what of their future? Will we, one day, be printing those everyday things rather than buying them from everyday shops? A question MakerBot and the Museum of Design Atlanta are exploring in a new exhibition.
To commemorate the design of everyday items, MODA will host the exhibition Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things, which highlights the stories behind the design of 36 ordinary objects that have revolutionised the way we live, such as paper clips, bubble wrap and pencils. The exhibition is organized by The Vitra Design Museum in Germany, in conjunction with Hi-Cone. The products showcased in this traveling exhibition illuminate four aspects of their design: innovation, production, evolution and inspiration.
Coinciding with the exhibition is a unique juxtaposition of creating today’s everyday objects against the backdrop of yesterday’s everyday items via 3D printing with MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers, which will be 3D printing prototypes and models of items destined to become household objects.
Everyday items such as chip clips, pens, toy cars, bracelets and iPhone cases can all be created from 3D printing and will be some of the fun everyday items that the museum patrons will be able to make on a MakerBot Replicator 2 at MODA.
In addition to the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers printing items related to the exhibition, there will also be educational programming for innovators of all ages who are interested in 3D design and 3D printing.
“We are really excited to partner with MODA on the Hidden Heroes exhibition,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “Design is a huge part of 3D printing, and we’re excited to show how easy and accessible 3D design and 3D printing of everyday items are and can help transform someone from being a passive observer, to being an active participant in the design process.”
“We’re thrilled to bring MakerBot into the MODA Design Bar so that our visitors can have hands-on experiences designing and creating 3D objects,” said MODA executive director Laura Flusche. “It’s especially appropriate that we are able to do so during the Hidden Heroes exhibition, because 3D printers provide a revolutionary way to manufacture everyday objects and to customize them in accordance with individual needs and tastes. We believe this technology will change the way we create, use and think about everyday objects in our lives.”