“BATCH.WORKS IS BRINGING A MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY OPTION TO THE MARKET BY USING RECYCLED AND RENEWABLE MATERIALS, AND LOCAL MANUFACTURING. OUR INNOVATIVE PRODUCTION PROCESS ELIMINATES WASTE – WE KEEP ALL OUR PLASTIC WASTE TO TURN THEM BACK INTO PRODUCTS”
London-based 3D printing service bureau Batch.works has unveiled its first full homeware collection developed using 3D printing. With pieces designed in partnership with studios UAU and Bold Design, the collection was 3D printed using FDM technology at Batch.works’ east London headquarters.
The homeware range features lighting, containers, candle holders and vases made entirely from bio-based PLA plastic, and plastic reclaimed from water bottles and packaging. Batch.works founder Julien Vaissieres states:
“People are becoming more and more aware of the impact of mass production and the fossil fuel plastics that are directly related to climate change.”
International expansion in the works for Batch.works
The 3D printed designs created alongside design studios UAU and Bold Design represents Batch.works’ first international collaboration. UAU is based in Warsaw, and its pieces are inspired by the shapes and textures of sea urchins, taking after their spiny, dotted form. Bold Design, on the other hand, is headquartered in Paris, and its input comes in the form of different sized polygonal cylinders that act as containers to store a multitude of things within the home. Each of the 3D printed homeware products come in a range of pastel colors.
“We met Julien from Batch.works after discovering his work on Instagram, as our fields were pretty similar. It felt right to do something together, as our two companies are complementary. We love to explore and experiment with the limitations of tools, and find out how to express potential.”
-says Bold Design.
This initial collaboration with UAU and Bold Design forms a part of Batch.works’ plans for the Batch Market platform, where it aims to work with more international studios. The Batch Market intends to provide designers the chance to submit their product ideas to Batch.works for review, where the company will then select the most innovative designs for production.
Furthermore, the company is looking to launch smart factories in various cities around the world, as part of its plan to upscale its production capacity by 500% by 2020. These factories will allow products to be 3D printed on-demand using sustainable materials, with the aim of eliminating waste from the manufacturing process. Vaissieres says:
“Not only will this establish a new standard for 3D printing and product design, but we also aim to revive the possibilities of local manufacturing using recycled and responsibly sourced materials.”