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