The Endless Chair: Made From Recycled Refrigerators

A chair made from a single piece of recycled plastic string is pretty cool. Add to that, the plastic being sourced from refrigerators and manufactured by robots and it becomes amazing. Normally 3D printing is limited to a smaller scale because of cost and time, but this chair requires much lower resolution, and it even gives the robot a second career!

A Fanuc is an industrial robot that was decommisioned after working 140,000 hours in a Chinese manufacturing plant. Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij gave the Fanuc new software, thus enabling it to become a large scale prototyping machine. By customizing and refining the software, he was able to make many variations on his design, much in the way a traditional craftsman would be able to with seemingly endless variations of prototypes.

See the Fanuc in action:

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