Analog isn't dead after all. This 3D printer is powered entirely by gravity and a system of weights. Dutch designer Daniel de Bruin built what he calls THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY, claiming to be the world's first analog 3D printer, and demonstrated the device by 3D printing a series of differently shaped clay vases.
The 3D printer has a 22lb. weight that is lifted to turn the machine on. The shape of an aluminum wire attached to the machine determines the outline of the 3D printed object. The wire can be modified for each print, allowing different variations of shapes and volumes. Although de Bruin’s 3D-printed objects seem a bit rudimentary, a completely mechanical 3D printer is a great alternative to the computerized and automated world we live in.
The design also allows the designer to be involved throughout the 3D printing process, which is less possible with a machine powered by electricity. By physically building and powering the machine, the artist feels a greater sense of accomplishment about the resulting objects.
Via Design Milk