3-D printed materials: Stratasys
Designed by Neri Oxman, Gemini Alpha is a sculptural chaise made of solid Cherry wood lined with a 3-D printed rubber cellular skin. SITU Fabrication produced the complex form by adhering laminate slices of Cherry lumber and milling it with a 5-axis CNC router. The wooden shell varies in thickness from 1-1/2" in the middle down to 1/2" at the edges. The chaise functions as an acoustic chamber that one can lie within and experience relection of the voice. The 3-D printed skin was produced by Stratasys with varying color and acoustical properties.
The project debuted at the "Vocal Vibrations" exhibition at Le Laboratoire, Paris, in March.