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Blog: June 2011
There was considerable interest in the Kinneir Dufort studio this week with the unveiling of the design for the London 2012 Olympic Torch. KD had been part of a Bristol-based consortium, including British Aerospace, GKN and the University of the West of England, that had submitted a bid to design and manufacture the torch. Having been excited by the brief and enjoyed being part of the bid process, we were keen to see what the winning design team had come up with. Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s design is elegant and distinctive, but I wonder if it misses a great opportunity to showcase Britain's attitude to inclusivity?
With recent news that scientists Klaus Stadlmann and Markus Hatzenbichler at the Vienna University of Technology have produced a small, lighweight and (relatively) cheap 3D printer, the prospect of accessible desktop printing is moving closer. Last month several UK designers, including Kinneir Dufort’s Travis Baldwin, were invited as moderators for a multidisciplinary design workshop in Saint-Étienne France with the participation of 40 diverse students from several international universities. The goal was familiarize students with innovation techniques and work with multi-disciplinary, multi-national teams...skills often found in today’s product development and strategy projects. The focus of the workshop was a posed, open-ended question: How will personal fabrication technology be used in the future?
If someone in the studio needs to use one of our 3D printing facilities, it’s a lot easier to talk about the SLA, as StereoLithography Apparatus is a bit of a mouthful. Love them or hate them, it’s hard to live without them – and the design business loves using acronyms as much as everyone else does. Here are some of our favourites.