Digital fabrication technology has been around for a long time, but is only recently becoming available to consumers, because of less expensive computer-controlled machines, smart software and many new materials. Digital fabrication has become more than a tool for prototyping, it has become a tool for manufacturing actual products. Regardless of how interesting the development might be, we feel it is still in its infancy phase. Digital fabrication needs to scale up in order to grow up.
We believe in the symbiosis of handcrafts and technology like parametric design tools and digital fabrication. And like Makerchairs the Makertables fit right into that dream. All of the tables – we made different versions same as the chairs – are composed of digitally fabricated 3D parts that fit together exactly, like a three-dimensional puzzle. By fractioning designs into many small parts, we radically expanded the potential of small consumer 3D printers and CNC milling machines. Building these pieces out of small parts is essential, given the small building platforms of most affordable machines. The digital era allows lightweight organic shapes made out of an endless variety of materials, building blocks and color gradients.
(photocredit: JL, Olivier de Gruijter, Leonard Faustle)