The long anticipated launch of Digits2Widgets’ new home in Camden Town took place last Tuesday evening.
It is 6 months since work started on site and it is now ready to start moving operations from our cradle in Marylebone’s Wimpole Street to Rochester Place in Camden Town. We have been telling people how wonderful this new 3D printing centre is going to be for such a long time, that it was with a real sense of delight that we finally opened the doors to our friends and regular customers.
D2W’s original home was within the basement of the dental practice in a Grade II listed Georgian Town house on Wimpole Street. A beautiful building, although never designed to accommodate the latest industrial 3D printers. Our expanding range of clients and projects meant it became a necessity to move in to some more appropriate premises, in order to continue to expand the scope of projects that we could assist with.
The new space is located in London’s Camden Town. This is just a walk across Regent’s Park from Wimpole Street and until recent times was one of the most concentrated design business areas of London. We love this heritage and hope that our arrival may play a small role in bringing this type of working community back to the area. The new building is an industrial space that has had many activities take place within it during its history. Most notably being a small factory that produced Spitfire canopies during WW2 (eventually suffering bomb damage!)
As D2W, the new accommodation comprises two exhibition spaces, the D2W offices and a separate annexe where our range of 3D printers are housed. Our plans and vision for D2W in the new space were detailed in an earlier blog and now that the building has been realised, our determination to turn these in to reality has only been reinforced. We are just incredibly excited at the prospect of what this spectacular new space will allow us to take on.
This wonderful new accommodation allows us to showcase what we consider to be some of the finest creative examples that the technology has helped to produce. The aim of this is to genuinely inspire people from all backgrounds to properly understand and then exploit this magic technology.
There was a tremendous amount of interest in the building and the objects on display and we hope that this is just the first in a long line of such exhibitions that display the potential wonders of this technology.
As ever at Digits2Widgets, our focus was upon the objects that 3D printers enable one to produce and we had sourced a wide range of recent projects by our professional and student clients (along with some of our own design collaborations)
Pang Pasaprates’ necklace “Kranok Modern”
Nylon SLS base with gold leaf and thread
We took great pains to emphasise that very few of the objects on display were examples straight off the machine. Virtually all of the pieces had had some degree of post print assembly or decoration. We don’t think that this in any way compromises the marvel of the objects; in actual fact it only adds to the objects’ richness, as this approach bypasses the current constraints of most 3D printers which are limited to single materials and colours.
D2W and St. H’s Folding “HÜS” Bird Box
Nylon SLS, Raw
Having selected a group of objects for the exhibition, it was only when they arrived and were set out for display, did we realise quite what a wonderfully diverse range of things they were, both in terms of their function and material.
Maria Sokolyanskaya’s jewellery “Life in the Darkness”
Nylon SLS, painted and set with Swarovski crystals
Our guests really seemed to appreciate having all of the designers present alongside their work. This meant that they could explain not just the technical detail of what the 3D printing achieved for them, but also to explain the ideas and spirit that inspired them.
Catherine Wales’ “Corset and DNA Components”
Nylon SLS, Raw
The next D2W event will be part of the London Design Festival in mid September. At the launch evening, we offered the opportunity for people to come to us with some brilliant ideas in CAD (size limited to 10cm cubed!) The best 3 of which, we will select, print and display during London Design Week. Please send applications for this via the usual channels.
D2W’s busts and inverted portraits of Grace and Georgia Tanner
Colour plaster and colour plaster with Nylon SLS frame
We’ve had some wonderfully kind feedback about this exciting milestone for us and this event will be the first of many to showcase the latest things that we’re working on. The more that people can see and understand, the more that the imagination is stimulated and the faster the technology can be stretched.
Model showing our plans for phase 2 of Rochester Place!
Nylon SLS, Raw
Half way through the evening, owner Andrew Dawood made a speech to the guests explaining the origins of his passion for this technology and gave a potted history of his involvement with it. He was followed in addressing the audience by D2W’s Jonathan Rowley, whose message was of thanks to Andrew his wife Susan Tanner for having the vision to make this incredible new building possible and expressed his excitement at being involved with such a wondrous facility.
Mike Rose and his “Collapsible Cycling Helmet”
Nylon SLS side panels, sanded and spray painted
The London Design Festival exhibition will be preceded by a seminar from D2W’s Jonathan Rowley, so if you’d like to attend, please contact us to reserve your place.
Months ago we printed parts for this illuminated Star Wars cake. When we asked our client Lorenzo Wood if we could exhibit it, we were told that it was all gone………
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