Jul 27, 2013

London Design Museum: "The Future is Here"

The exhibition opened on Tuesday 23rd July, and I was there because the TC2 is part of the exhibition! www.designmuseum.org The exhibition was focusing on new production tools and processes, new products, new materials and environmental issues such as recycling. 
The highlights of the exhibition were tools in operation such as a laser cutter (cutting thin sheets of balsa-wood) and a 3-D printer (working with plastic). There were also two assembly robots piecing together a wooden construction, and then de-constructing and re-constructing it. There was a smart scanner that analyzed the materials contained in any given object, and calculated  what would be extracted when recycling.  In addition, the TC2 loom was on static display with various 3-D samples in the making. All samples were designed by Professor Philippa Brock, Central Saint Martins' School in London. She came to Norway and wove the samples before we sent the loom to the London Design Museum! Both on the wall next to the loom and on a pedestal near it were additional textiles by Philippa Brock.
3-D printed samples were both in titanium and plastic:
Carbon fibers for strong, light constructions were on disply, including a video showing multiaxial braiding.
Adidas had contributed with quite a lot of components for sports shoes: Soles, toe caps, laces, warp knitted one-piece shoes.  
 The baby portrait below is created through laser cutting in wood.
An interesting use of laser cutting is that it offers new building techniques: Similar to logs in a log cabin, you can lock big constructions by fitting the parts into each other!  Instead of nails and bolts, this offers a smart solution!
For me, the peak of the exhibition - of course - was the 3-D weavings by Philippa Brock!  Below is a closeup of a large piece exhibited on the wall. Samples of this and related 3-D weavings were in the TC2 loom!

 Philippa Broch's textiles apply engineered fibers such as reflective and elastic materials. The weave constructions make the textiles form 3-D textures when off the loom!
This exhibition actually highlights many of the core qualifications of Tronrud Engineering:  We have expertise in  3-D printing, both with titanium and plastic, as well as laser- and water cutting! We develop machines using robots and advanced electronics.  The TC2 is an example of a product that could not have been created without these tools and these quualifications! 
Do you need more good reasons to go and see this exhibition?
Or, more good reasons to get yourself a TC2 ????
It is open until 29th October 2013

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT475.
    The image can be seen at wahooart.com who can supply you with a canvas print of it.