Technology Seminar, Spring 2013
“ADD OPPORTUNITY: Additive Manufacturing & New Business Models”
critic: Kivi SOTAMAA
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Nicholas SOLAKIAN, Derek BUELL, & Peter NGUYEN: International Aid organizations ship billions of dollars of aid and relief supplies to people in need around the world. One such organizations is Direct Relief International, based out of Santa Barbara, CA. Our research looks at the possible demand for 3-D printed, on-demand products in such disaster zones.
Direct Relief International works in high need areas to improve health care and deliver medical supplies in 70 countries around the world.
We worked with Brett Williams, Director of International Programs at DRI,” to determine the possible need and use of 3D printed medical supplies in DRI’s work.
We imagine a company like DRI, could instead of packaging and shipping tons of supplies around the world, print a much higher quality product on-demand, saving drastic amounts of resources along the way.
Assuming the current limits of 3D-additive manufacturing, the medical splint and brace arose as a feasible product that could be drastically improved through design and 3D-additive production.
Historically, in consideration of the ‘Eames Splint’, the functional requirements of the splint have offered the opportunity for exciting new design solutions. In that, a hyper-functionally driven product offers a more beautiful, innovative design.
/// Seminar Topic
ADD OPPORTUNITY seminar will use design innovation as a method for exploring new business potential of Additive Manufacturing Technologies, and nanoscopically structured materials. The work relies on ongoing research at ADD laboratory, Nano House, BIT Research Center and VTT* in Finland. The seminar participants will develop work flows, design applications, and business models based on the technical and scientific information available from our partners. In terms of Nano-materials, the work will rely on simulating their characteristics in manufacturing processes. The aim of the seminar is to introduce students to the cutting edge of design and manufacturing, and as a group, to go beyond that edge in order to create new innovation, which can influence and drive the ongoing technical and scientific research. The seminar begins by exploring and mapping out the technologies, and their possible areas of application, and proceeds by executing a number of case studies, developing work flows, and prototypes.