The new line of 3D-printed desk accessories made by Pearson Lloyd for brand Bene are even better than recycled plastic. They’re made from recycled bioplastic waste and food packaging that would otherwise end up in the landfill. The bFRIENDS accessories collection is a new joint venture between Pearson Lloyd, Bene and London 3D-print startup Batch.Works, who helped create the shapes of the new desk accessories.
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The goal: to create a closed-loop circular design principle and bring it to the workplace. All products can be returned to Batch.Works to be recycled into material for reuse. Therefore, the line can be sourced from recycled plastics and reused indefinitely.
“As an additive manufacturing process, 3D printing offers huge advantages over traditional injection molding processes,” said Pearson Lloyd designers. “Digital tooling eliminates the need for molds, print on demand eliminates the need for stock and warehousing and localized production reduces transport costs and carbon.”
The bFRIENDS collection is comprised of 20 objects in 10 different colors that would be impossible to create using traditional tools production. The collaborators wanted to make something that was sustainable, but also unique to take advantage of the advancements in 3D printing. A single line traces the silhouette of each design. Then, the print nozzle slowly builds up the form of the object without changing, stopping or restarting.
As a result, the designs are playful, quirky and unique. They come in a range of muted colors that would complement many work environments. The designers say the launch marks a small, but significant step in pushing forward the global drive to shift manufacturing from linear production methods to sustainable closed-loop systems.
Pearson Lloyd previously only used 3D printing to guide the conceptualization and development of product designs. Therefore, this also represents a big leap forward for the company and their collaborations. Other designers involved can help the company achieve new things with 3D printing for future product lines.
Images via Alex Sarginson and Pearson Lloyd