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A 3D printed bird perches atop of a book
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Pero's cotton tail marks the point in your tale you're up to.
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Pero's different Poses
The Pero is available in three different positions; perching, flying and pecking. It is also available in four colours.
One of Dutch footballing legend, Johan Cruyff’s most famous quotes is “Toeval es logisch”, he was referring to the beautiful game and how you could break down anything that was considered coincidental and find a logical explanation for it. The amount of 3D printing projects that come out of JC’s native Netherlands cannot be a coincidence it requires some logical Cruyffian thought process.
To mention but a few 3D printing outfits from the land of the windmills; there’s Shapeways and their Dutch roots, Dyvsign’s divine jewellery, Iris van Herpen’s 3D printed fashion, FabMe Jewelry, not forgetting the Leapfrog and Ultimaker as well as 3D Hubs with feet firmly planted on soil made for tulips.
The only explanation must be that the land is flat therefore not requiring build platforms to be levelled… or that the Dutch Government invests a lot of money and time into design.
Financial support from the Fonds BKVB (the Fund for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture), launched in 1988, has enabled design students to set themselves up as independent entrepreneurs right after graduation. Many of those graduates come from a strong design based education system, the pinnacle of which is The Design Academy Eindhoven - the New York Times once said of as being, "without question, currently the best design academy in the world."
Dutch design is celebrated during the annual Dutch Design Week (DDW), which came to an end just three days ago. Iris van Herpen was awarded the Golden Eye prize for her 3D printed collection that debuted at Paris Fashion Week. The jury commented, "With Voltage, Van Herpen gives the world a view into the future of fashion. It is impressive to see how she, at such a young age, succeeds in giving so much body to her work, without any loss of experiment and challenge. With her designs she shows better than anybody else what is going on in the Netherlands at the moment."
Dutch design week’s 3D printing eye was not solely concentrated on fashion either, we reported last week on the Screw You collection on display at the Art Hotel Eindhoven as part of the Design Freak exhibition during DDW. Another collection in that very exhibit has just added a 3D printed feathered friend to their label.
The design label Studio Macura’s piece the Pero is a 3D printed bookmark in the shape of a dove. The dole of doves are available in three different poses; perched, pecking and flying, you also have the choice of four colours. The dove perches on top your book while a string marks the place, as the book as closed the bird is held on top of the page.
These quaint looking items are available in various Studio Macura shops and concessions dotted throughout the world, for your nearest check their website.
The footballing world learnt a lot from the philosophies of the Dutch maestro Johann Cruyff and the wider 3D printing world could learn a lot from his fellow countrymen, the Dutch see design as the most integral part of product development.