Slicelab is an experimental design studio that pushes the boundaries of innovative design for digital fabrication. Geometry research testing for AM has proven effective in our process when trying to focus on optimizing the studio workflow for complex client work. Taking inspiration from the natural and built world let’s us bridge the gap between product design and architecture. 4D printing, in particular, has been a focus as the SLS technology allows for unsupported printing. Housewares also have great potential for this type of printing for many reasons like the unique surface texture, strength, and cost. These prototypes were printed to test rigidity, warping/shrinking, intricate detail, heat tolerances, and the ability to achieve interlocking geometries. These studies have continued to inform our design decisions.

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