Local manufacturing with soft biocomposites
With a new manufacturing technique using biocomposites, Bas Froon shows new opportunities to bring back production of labour-intensive ‘soft’ products to local manufacturers. He developed a machine that makes it possible to locally change material qualities from velvet-soft material into a hard plastic. Using a personal 3D scan or custom computer design, each product will be tailor-made and unique.
This new technique is used by Bas to develop a light and supportive baby-carrier that is based on a body scan of its user. Bas: ”Instead of labour-intensive assembly, I aimed to make all parts out of one sheet of material. That also makes it possible to re-use the materials for new products at the end of its lifetime.”