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When Hagen Hinderdael develops design furniture from plastic waste, the design studio also processes something new from the world of engineering and recycling. Kuka robots and software from Ai Build handle the 3D production of the shaped seat elements.
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The design studio Hagen Hinderdael was founded in 2020 by Sofia Hagen and Lisa Hinderdael. Both are architects and designers. “Our ethos is to celebrate proven craftsmanship and think about the entire life cycle of the installations,” they point out. Both combine the work of local artisans and artists with cutting-edge new technologies. They implement ideas that they have collected from all over the world: Hinderdael comes from Belgium, Hagen from Austria – both have already been successful in international contexts.
Production and development: clinical waste as raw material
“We got the idea for Twine when Rossana Orlandi launched her third Guiltless Plastic campaign,” recalls Sofia Hagen. Orlandi, a famous gallery owner from Milan, regularly invites artists and designers to exhibit their projects to dismantle the mountains of waste in the most impressive way. So Hagen Hinderdael developed Twine – seat and bench modules in different lengths and widths. “We wanted our furniture to be playful, comfortable and durable, and we wanted to use the company’s Reflow filaments,” says Sofia Hagen, describing the creative ambition of the project. Reflow, an award-winning, young and social company in Amsterdam, derives the material for 3D printing, called filament, from recycled plastic waste. The raw material for Twine, rPETG filament, comes from discarded hospital trays.
Five robots in the 3D printing team
Hagen Hinderdael hired Ai Build in London, who had worked extensively with Reflow 3D printing filaments, to create the furniture. Ai Build is a software-as-a-service company founded in 2015 that “currently employs 20 people and five Kuka robots,” as described by Chief Operating Officer Michail Desyllas. The team works mainly for Tier 1 companies in the aerospace, automotive, construction, marine and energy industries. But according to Desyllas, more and more architects and designers are also interested in what they have to offer.
Gallery owner Rossana Orlandi was already at the draft stage convinced of the idea for the project in 3D. Twine has been named a finalist for the 2021 RO PlasticPrize. Anyone who is awarded this prize for items made from recycled plastic is making headlines across Europe. So Hagen Hinderdeal sent a Twine seat to Milan to be exhibited there.
Delivers durability and aesthetics – hands-on
Creating exhibitions for an exhibition in Milan was exciting and new for Ai Build. Desyllas reports: “The biggest challenge with this particular project was the geometry of the parts and the desired aesthetic finish. We were not allowed to change anything.” The 3D printer should deliver almost perfect modules, people should not interfere. Ai Build decided that a KR Iontec Series KR30 L16 and a KR Qqantec Series KR90 R2700 should do the job “because these robots have the range to allow the completion of these parts. In addition, our software is fully integrated here, allowing us to to monitor quality and report errors in real time, ”says Desyllas.
Less than two weeks passed from the order to the finished furniture. When Twine was to flow like waves, Ai Build designed a mold for it, a kind of curved double bed on which the still hot material from the 3D printer could cool and solidify. KR30 L16 made the narrower elements, KR90 R2700 the wider, with both robots equipped with a filament extruder system. This system captures up to four different filament streams in different colors. This allows a special play of colors and changing transparencies.
Additive manufacturing: It’s about timing
Desyllas says it was a bit difficult to apply the rPETG filament to the mold, layer by layer: “Each layer must be deposited by the 3D printer within a specified time window. Not immediately after the previous layer, so nothing falls, but neither for late, so as not to endanger the layers. ” But with good preparation and thanks to the care of the robots, seating furniture that is as aesthetic as it is robust and comfortable can be designed. our robots “. Sofia Hagen and Lisa Hinderdael also liked the result. They sent Twine to Milan, where the furniture did not win an award, but many hearts of art and design furniture lovers.
Twine’s journey has only just begun. Following the “Planted” show as part of the London Design Festival, the furniture is now on display at the Vorarlberg Architecture Institute in Austria. And Hagen Hinderdael is ready to produce Twine with partners Ai Build and Kuka. In the future, TWINE seat elements can be individualized and will be produced by Kuka’s Italian partner Caracol-AM. It is produced with the software from Ai Build, which also tests each new product in collaboration. ” And behind it all lies the idea from Lisa Hinderdael and Sofia Hagen to breathe new life into hospital waste and show plastic from its most beautiful side.