Sweden’s acclaimed design trio Claesson Koivisto Rune have recently collaborated with DFTS Factory and the groundbreaking result of this partnership has just been unveiled during this year’s Stockholm Design Week. Meticulously assembled from no less than 2208 individual plastic elements, ‘Tours’ is printed thanks to an innovative 3D manufacturing and selective laser sintering – ‘an additive manufacturing technique that uses a high power laser to fuse small particles of plastic, metal, ceramic or glass powders into a mass that has a desired 3-dimensional shape.’ Manufactured in Belgium, ‘Tours’ weights only 20 grammes and its production process takes four hours.
More about ‘Tours’:
‘Through modern 3D manufacturing and selective laser sintering (SLS), new shapes are possible. Shapes that cannot be made either by conventional machines or traditional handicraft. Torus is such a shape. The torus can be described as a surface of revolution generated by revolving a circle in three dimensional space about an axis coplanar with the circle. It is now also the name of a bracelet.’
‘Torus is built solely out of 2208 individually loose plastic links that together form the shape of the bracelet. The whole process of making one bracelet takes four hours. With precision made distances between the links, the bracelet feels like something that can only be described as textile fabric. With Torus, Claesson Koivisto Rune has pushed the boundaries for what is possible within the SLS manufacturing technique. It is a bracelet that perfectly shows the infiltration of architectural construction into fashion and visa versa. A bracelet that couldn’t have been made any day sooner than right now and with the feel and look of how the future might be.’