„Metalscapes“ was an interdisciplinary research project from the University of Applied Science Potsdam in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technologies IWU Chemnitz. Supervised by Prof. Hermann Weizzenegger (FH-Potsdam), Dipl.-Des. Jörg Höltje (Studio Hausen), Dipl.-Ing. Dieter Weise and Dipl-Ing. Peter Scholz (Fraunhofer IWU). The partnership highlights the importance of an alliance between design, engineering, and production in the development of new materials, technologies, and their applications.
Incremental Sheet Forming
Incremental sheet metal forming is a technique where a sheet is formed into the final workpiece through a series of small incremental deformations. In a stepwise procedure a round tipped tool forms a contour in the metal sheet and continues to draw contours in the sheet until the final shape is reached.
As collective of three designers we understood ourselves as a bridge between cultures inviting users to actively participate in the product life-cycle.
Open Source — The products can be freely modified, which allows the customer to choose how far they want to realize its potential. In cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute Chemnitz we (Smart Shaped) created molds using incremental sheet metal forming. The potential of this procedure lies in the conversion of flowing forms onto sheet metal as well as the possibility of subsequent modification, and the reduction of tool costs by implementing this procedure.
A single mold can be used for the mass production of different products. Multiple usage of the mold enables holistic designs of spatial sceneries.
The intensive research project was presented at DMY Berlin 2013. As an interdisciplinary research course we had the pleasure to receive the DMY education award.
Design Week Bratislava 2013
Exhibition at the Bratislava Design Week 2013. Fell free downloading the whole project documentary.