Tagwerk Designs

Lamps from the 3D printer

A young team of industrial designers set to work to reinterpret light. Additive manufacturing has given rise to new creative possibilities that can now be used to raise the topic of "lighting" to a whole new level.

The possibilities of additive fabrication make it possible to fabricate complex 3D structures that simply can’t be produced with the conventional technologies, e.g. Injection molding.

On the other hand, one can react quickly to new trends and produce locally and CO2 neutrally. Sustainability is very important for all Tagwerk products.

For the most part, the design team works with sustainable materials from Extrudr from Austria. Their Bioperformance product lines, such as GreenTEC and GreenTEC Pro, meet the needs for sustainability as they are 100% biodegradable and made from renewable resources. The genius of this is that the materials are mechanically and thermally better than e.g. engineering plastics such as ASA or ABS. This would not be possible with other biomaterials, says CEO Philipp Hofmann


3D printing meets sustainability

Until recently, the mass production of consumer goods using 3D printing was very difficult to imagine. Many processes were still in their infancy and the repeatability was like gambling - and the choice of different materials was very limited.

Nevertheless, the design company Tagwerk has decided to break new ground and become the first German manufacturer to offer individual 3D printing objects in series production using FDM technology. Here, the company attaches great importance to the use of sustainable biomaterials. The filaments from which the lamps and vases offered are made of either liquid wood or corn starch. The raw materials used are 100% biodegradable and bring with them even more advantages. Additive manufacturing using the FDM / FFF process only processes the material that is really needed for the sculptural body. In contrast to subtractive production methods such as milling, turning, grinding or the injection molding process, there is no waste in this type of production. In addition, regional production and short transport routes ensure further reductions in CO2 emissions.

The company also offers high-quality and sustainable urns. Also produced with special biomaterial that meets the high standards of degradability for German cemeteries.

Tagwerk's goal is to make 3D printing affordable and demonstrate that everyday commodities and consumer goods can be made with these innovative technologies. So far, 3D printing was primarily reserved for prototype construction - the new printing techniques from Tagwerk now make it possible for the first time to mass-produce decorative objects for home use.


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