Parametric and generative design methodology as a chance in product design
In his master thesis, Benjamin Hitscherich investigated how a classic product changes when new design methods such as AAD (Algorithm Aided Design) and current production methods such as SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) are applied to it. What happens if you digitally individualize an office swivel chair before it is then 3D-printed from a monomaterial? What are the possibilities? How do you solve modern product requirements? What changes in form?
Content of the thesis
The result is Parachair: an office swivel chair that is digitally preset for each customer prior to production and adapted exactly to their needs to ensure optimum seating comfort and prevent pain due to incorrect settings. Due to the presetting, no further components for adjustment mechanics are required in the end product, which largely prevents a material mix. This enables a clean recycling of the plastic.
Formally, Parachair shows exciting contrasts: The formal design is inspired by the functional contrast of static and dynamic elements within a building component. Edge courses and surfaces move in the field of tension between technoid and organic, hard and soft, male and female.