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Umea University Develops Low-Cost, Flexible 3D Printer

08:00 - 17 March, 2017
Umea University Develops Low-Cost, Flexible 3D Printer, © Linnéa Therese Dimitriou
© Linnéa Therese Dimitriou

Sliperiet, Umeå Arts Campus has developed a new type of 3D printer that features increased printing flexibility at a lower cost. Called Hangprinter. The system is suspended by a series of thin fishing lines, it does not require a frame or rails, but rather, it can be attached to any stable surface, for instance, a ceiling. 

As a part of the +Project innovation initiative, the Hangprinter is in the process of making a “Tower of Babel,” a project that currently measures almost three-and-a-half meters tall, making it the tallest object the system has made, as well as “much taller than the scope of any commercially available large format printer.”

Invented by Torbjørn Ludvigsen, who began the project while a student at Umeå University, the Hangprinter’s design was originally formulated to reduce costs. “The frame or box was almost half the cost of the final 3D printer, and I thought I could do without it,” said Ludvigsen. Hangprinter can be put together for about 200 Euros.

© Linnéa Therese Dimitriou © Linnéa Therese Dimitriou © Linnéa Therese Dimitriou © Linnéa Therese Dimitriou +4

Väven Cultural Centre / White Arkitekter + Snøhetta

09:00 - 23 October, 2015
Väven Cultural Centre / White Arkitekter + Snøhetta, © Lindman
© Lindman

© Lindman © Lindman © Lindman © Lindman +39

Umeå Campus Park / Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects

01:00 - 24 May, 2014
Umeå Campus Park / Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects, Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects
Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects

Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Umeå, Sweden
  • Design Team

    Staffan Sundström, Emma Pettersson, Mikael Johansson
  • Area

    23000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco Architects

Umeå Art Museum / Henning Larsen Architects

01:00 - 19 December, 2012
Umeå Art Museum / Henning Larsen Architects, © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Umeå, Sweden
  • Team

    Henning Larsen Architects, White Architects, Tyréns, WSP Group, TM-Konsult
  • Client

    Baltic Group
  • Area

    15,000 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Umeå School Of Architecture / Henning Larsen Architects

00:00 - 12 January, 2011
Åke E son Lindman
Åke E son Lindman

Architects: Henning Larsen Architects Location: Umeå, Sweden Client: Balticgruppen Project area: 5,000 sqm Project year: 2007 – 2010 Photographs: Åke E son Lindman