A radically new 3D printing method

Three-dimensional curves, instead of layers.

Three-dimensional curves, instead of layers.

No support material required.

Multicolored 3D printing.

Mataerial in action

Gravity-neutral 3D printing

Mataerial – a brand new method of additive manufacturing. This patented method allows for creating 3D objects on any given working surface independently of its inclination and smoothness, and without a need of additional support structures. Conventional methods of additive manufacturing have been affected both by gravity and printing environment: creation of 3D objects on irregular, or non-horizontal surfaces has so far been treated as impossible. By using innovative extrusion technology we are now able to neutralize the effect of gravity during the course of the printing process. This method gives us a flexibility to create truly natural objects by making 3D curves instead of 2D layers. Unlike 2D layers that are ignorant to the structure of the object, the 3D curves can follow exact stress lines of a custom shape. Finally, our new out of the box printing method can help manufacture structures of almost any size and shape.

About us

Mataerial is the result of the collaborative research between Petr Novikov, Saša Jokić from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Joris Laarman Studio. IAAC tutors representing Open Thesis Fabrication Program provided their advice and professional expertise.
During the course of the research we developed a brand new digital fabrication method and a working prototype that can open a door to a number of practical applications.
Joris Laarman
Tim Geurtjens
Gijs van der Velden
Stefanie Riegman
Fabian Scheurer
Luis Fraguada
Mette Thomsen
Areti Markopoulou