Reduced Carbon Footprint Souvenirs by Héctor Serrano

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This conceptual range of souvenirs by designer Héctor Serrano are emailed to friends and relatives, who materialise them on domestic rapid prototyping machines.

Called Reduced Carbon Footprint Souvenirs, the conceptual range was created for the Ten Again exhibition of sustainable design at 100% Design in London last September. See our earlier story on Flame Lamps by Gitta Gschwendtner, which were also created for this show.

The exhibition called for ten designers to produce a batch of ten products that explored sustainability issues.

Designboom has a good report on the exhibition.

Here's some info from Serrano:

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REDUCED CARBON FOOTPRINT SOUVENIRS
Designed by Héctor Serrano
3D consultancy by Javier Esteban
Project sponsor by 3D Systems

A collection of souvenirs that can be send by e-mail and then materialize using a 3D Printer (stereolithography rapid prototyping). No transport or standard production methods are required so the object carbon footprint is reduced to the minimum.

The project questions the way objects are manufactured and new technologies are applied to propose alternative ways of reducing their impact on the environment.

The project becomes specially relevant as the 3D printers are getting smaller and more affordable. In the near future this technology will be as accessible as standard in-jet, so objects could be printed from our homes.

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  • http://www.mussertoth.com Musser

    great concept!

  • bald skull

    i look forward to the day of having an at home 3d printer, instead of having to do it all at school.

  • Craig

    Carbon footprint reduced? Um ok, but what happens to the chunk of toxic SLA resin when it’s no longer wanted?

  • Serena

    It looks so cute!!

  • Michael Eden

    In response to Craig:
    What a dismal comment!
    RP and RM is the second Industrial Revolution, as yet at an early stage of its evolution. Your concerns will be overcome when sustainable materials such as biopolymers, lactose binders etc are used. The research is underway so don’t knock it just because it doesn’t solve all the world’s problems in one go.

  • Craig

    @Michael Eden:
    Fair enough– it *was* a dismal and nonconstructive comment. Nonetheless, starch and plaster rapid prototyping already exists today, but was not used for this project. If the idea is based on sustainability as a concept, then the implementation needs to also be as sustainable as possible.

  • http://wedgwoodnt.blogspot.com Michael Eden

    Re: Craig,
    yes I agree that the material should be sustainable. There are moves to convert Z Corp plaster into a durable product, rather than just a modelling or prototyping material. If you’re interested, have a look at my Wedgwoodn’t Project blog. Cheers