Self-Assembly Lab, MIT + Christophe Guberan Patrick Parrish Gallery
Liquid to Air: Pneumatic Objects, is an exhibition of 3D-printed inflatable works by the Self-Assembly Lab, MIT and Swiss designer Christophe Guberan, exhibited at the Patrick Parrish Gallery in NYC. Using Rapid Liquid Printing, a new process they developed, the Self-Assembly lab has created a way to craft large, customized, dynamic products with complex shapes, internal chambers, intricate surfaces and other unique features. This printing process enables the individualized production of large-scale objects in a matter of minutes, ranging in scale from a vase to a sofa.
Rapid Liquid Printing consists of a robot that “draws” an object with a liquid material inside a tank of gel suspension. The printed object is then removed from the tank, washed with water, and inflated to take on its intended shape. Each product can be deflated, stored, shipped, and then inflated again. With Rapid Liquid Printing, manufacturing can be reimagined as an artistic experience unlimited by scale or gravity, asking us to rethink design, production, uniformity, logistics, and product life cycles. The MIT Self-Assembly Lab Team includes Bjorn Sparrman, Schendy Kernizan, Jared Laucks, and Skylar Tibbits. They have been collaborating with Christopher Guberan since 2014.