ASSA STUDIO LTD PRACTICE AND RESEARCH FOCUSES ON THE DESIGN, INVENTION & DEVELOPMENT OF NEW INDUSTRIAL METHODOLOGIES WITHIN DIGITAL DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING

Our Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing research and experimentation has started in the late 90’s. We have many years of experience working with a wide range of SLS, DMLS, SLA and FDM technologies. Having tested most of the materials in the market, we are fully aware of their durability and characteristics. We can improve performance through our digital design strategy and circular industrial approach. In the centre of the studio’s developments is the digital object as file, before it is physically produced. Opened to users’ input, the digital object can be produced using a wide range of additive layer manufacturing (widely known as 3D printing) with a mix of mass production solutions. Aesthetics, adaptation and reconfiguration of forms are essential elements in flux of this new product design workflow.

The Osteon chair, one of the first large scale AM / 3D printed chairs

The Osteon chair was the first object to be produced with an internal optimised support structure, something that today is called ‘infill’. Designed in 2004 and produced in 2005 the Osteon chair is of historical significance as it was the first time an object’s internal porosity was designed and optimised to achieve a material reduction of two third of the anticipated material needs, using a combination of 3D tools and artificial intelligence. Produced by EOS laser sintering, the chair consists of a cosmetic skin and an internal structure developed by an artificial intelligence software that knows where to create the necessary support. | With thanks to my buisness partner Sia Mahadavi, formally Complex Matters, today Withn Autodesk and to our Sposors EOS | The Osteon chair is part of the Design Museum Barcelona permanent collection. See more images at our Studio section here

DMLS, Direct Metal Sintering & melting

Our unique 3D design workflows and scripting are allowing us to control the interior and exterior of the virtually designed object. Material and surface characteristics design ensures optimisation of material use and successful manufacturing. We specialise in a wide range of 3D printed polymers, metals and alloys including stainless steel, 18kt gold and industrial grade titanium

FDM large layer & high speed extrusion

We are currently testing new soft materials. This is a micro photography of a 0.2 elastomer being extruded in a nonlinear way, using all 3 axis of our production robot. We use FDM to ‘weave and knit’ new soft textile like 3D patterns.

FDM G-Code disruptions

We are currently testing new soft materials. This is a micro photography of a 0.2 elastomer being extruded in a nonlinear way, using all 3 axis of our production robot. We use FDM to ‘weave and knit’ new soft textile like 3D patterns.