The Domestic Data Streamers team uses BCN3D Sigma and Sigmax 3D printers to produce several items that can be found at the Design Does* exhibition, currently open at the Design Museum of Barcelona.
Design Does* is a co-production between the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona and Elisava, in collaboration with Domestic Data Streamers.
The exhibition is a research project to generate knowledge at group level by questioning the current use of design and reflecting on how sometimes it offers advantages and on other occasions drawbacks. Thus it defines future challenges and poses the question of what role the designer plays in society.
An unconventional approach
Can we live without plastic? Can design pose moral challenges? Where do things come from? How do we join together what industry separates? Can we design something we cannot see?
These are some of the 15 questions linked to current events that the visitor will encounter and which will be represented by 15 real projects developed by renowned designers all around the world.
The exhibition is a dynamic initiative that generates knowledge and breaks away from standard exhibition structures. It places visitors in a key position, requiring them to reflect and turning them into an active component which in turn generates new content.
With its strong technological character, Design Does* encourages interaction with visitors, who can relate to the exhibits by responding to the questions asked of them. Their answers will be stored on a card that will be used to research public opinion.
The virtue of 3D printing in short-term designs
The exhibition, curated by Elisava and Domestic Data Streamers, uses 3D printing technology to create some of the pieces that can be found throughout the exhibition. Domestic Data Streamers (DDS) is a Barcelona start-up that researches new communication formats using data.
The DDS team has long been committed to the use of 3D printing as a tool to revolutionize their workflow, as was the case of The Timekeeper project in collaboration with Spotify. Additive manufacturing enables them to bring to life unique designs with complex geometries that will only be manufactured once. Undoubtedly, one of the features of 3D printing and the benefits it provides compared to other technologies is the agility and speed to manufacture end products, which drastically reduces project costs and the time required to develop it.
The only restriction is imagination
Death Inc. is one of the most appealing installations in the exhibition – a robot whose entire structure is printed in 3D using BCN3D Sigma and Sigmax printers.
As the visitor approaches, the robot is activated and traces their path with a laser pointer while turning on a 360° axis. The project poses the question of whether we should we automate everything and attempts to challenge and project how design can be incorporated into ethical issues, such as designing autonomous weapons that are able to make decisions in the face of any situation without the need for human interaction.
As a technology, 3D printing is loaded with moral and ethical implications. Now that we have reached the point when anybody that owns a 3D printer is able to print whatever they like, we should ask ourselves what impact that may have in the future.