The Soundplotter vase is yet another creative use of 3D printing from SHAPES iN PLAY. The German design studio takes recorded sound and plots it as a multi-layered digital 3D shape. The louder the sound, the bigger the shape of a given layer. These layers are printed from the bottom up to create a vase informed by the shape of your sound.
The theory behind Soundplotter is quite simple, but it opens infinite possibilities for the consumer. SHAPES iN PLAY describes Soundplotter as:
“… an applied attempt to answer the question of how products in the future can be generated more intuitively when the designer leaves space for interaction between user and object.”
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00A17IAO0″ locale=”us” height=”90″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/417mxjzpiNL._SL110_.jpg” width=”90″]The Soundplotter is futuristic because it offers creative input from the maker. A vase becomes an experience, a tangible representation of the maker’s creative discretion. It’s highly experimental as well. What sound would be best for a sunflower pot? Would thrash metal or classical music better suit your living room space?
Furthermore, what other unique inputs can we use to inform designs in the future? As 3D printing becomes more accessible in the future, each of us will have the capabilities to produce unique designs in our own home. Even the dog can have a bowl shaped after his bark.
While the Soundplotter doesn’t hover or fly you to space, it brings to light the creative possibilities offered by the use of 3D printing and digital design in tandem. 3D printing is still a relatively unexplored (or at least under-exploited) technology. We’ve printed guns and titanium horsehoes, but the Soundplotter is futuristic because it brings you into the fold. It’s a look into possibilities of personalized future. Heck , whatever you decide to record into it, it’s a lot cooler than the engraved pen you thought about getting your dad for his birthday.
Image Source: Shapes in Play
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