Free-Form Plastic Manufacturing Yields Spontaneous Shapes



frozen plastic lamps

As part of Shahar Kagan‘s final project at Holon Institute of Technology in Israel, he explored why mistakes sometimes happen in the manufacturing process and objects come out looking far different than intended. The result of his exploration is a truly beautiful bunch of home objects that don’t conform to our expectations of shape or form.

amorphous molten plastic forms

Kagan uses recycled plastics that were once plastic shopping bags. He pours the plastic into molds, but not in a mechanical, predictable way – he keeps his creations unique by shying away from set-in-stone methods. Instead, the industrial designer lets the materials take on odd, spontaneous shapes.

Unsurprisingly, no manufacturers were willing to let Kagan use their material to conduct his manufacturing experiments. To achieve his goals, he had to build his own machine – the Extruder – and teach himself how to invent the objects he wanted to see.

molten plastic forms

The objects created in this way are useful and, perhaps unexpectedly, quite graceful in their own way. They display fluid lines and just the kind of spontaneity that Kagan was hoping to achieve.

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