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Vienna designers Mischer'Traxler created this basket-making machine that stops working when no one is watching.
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This casting jig by London designer Phil Cuttance is used to spin resin around faceted plastic forms to create unique vases.
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German designer Annika Frye incorporated a cordless drill in the rotational moulding machine she built for making one-off items using a process that would normally result in an identical series.
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This desktop 3D printer was adapted by architect Brian Peters to produce ceramic bricks for building architectural structures.
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Mischer'Traxler also created this machine that uses sunlight to create benches and lamp shades that record the conditions on the day they were produced.
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German designer Markus Kayser built this 3D-printing machine that uses sunlight and sand to make glass objects in the desert.
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this project by Antwerp design studio Unfold explores how 3D-printed objects created from identical digital files can be as varied and unique as hand-made objects.
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Another by Markus Kayser, The Sun Cutter uses a spherical lens to focus a beam of sunlight that’s strong enough to burn through paper, card and thin plywood.
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Powered by a cordless drill and made of scrap materials, this device by product design students Andrew Duffy, Craig Tyler and Edward Harrison produces hollow, plastic products by rotating a mould on two axis while resins harden inside.
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Visitors press a button to start this contraption by Mischer'Traxler, which pipes icing onto cakes like a Spirograph toy until the the button is released.
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A series of production lines were set up inside a former textile factory during this year's Dutch Design Week at an exhibition called C-Fabriek, and this first one named the Paper Poo Machine by Parasite9 was a paper mill that recycled the city’s waste newspapers and leaflets.
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At the same exhibition, Itay Ohaly’s Creative Factory Line01 made objects like lamps, vases and stools by drilling into a block of polystyrene to make a mould, which was then filled with resin and rotated in a spinning frame as it hardens.
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Creative Factory Line02 by Thomas Vailly also makes use of rotational moulding, this time creating resin objects inside a stretched and inflated latex mould.
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Finally at C-Fabriek, Eugenia Morpurgo's production line shaped shoes around the customer’s feet using connectors that replace glue and stitching in the shoe’s construction.
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Slideshow feature: following a recent trend for creating one-off products using machines that work like self-contained factories, we've put together a slideshow of all of the best production machines featured on Dezeen.