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World’s First Analog 3D Printer by Daniel de Bruin
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Dutch designer Daniel de Bruin has created what he calls THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY, claiming to be the world’s first analog 3D printer. Working with 3D printers, de Bruin felt like the control and ownership of his work was getting lost. With his analog printer, the satisfaction of making something is once again in his hands letting him reclaim ownership of his work.

To make it happen, de Bruin built his own 3D printer the old-fashioned way with lots of parts and weights that help the process. The machine works by using gravity and a system of weights, where a 22lb. weight is lifted and turns the machine on. The shape of each print is determined by the shape of a wire that de Bruin attaches to the machine. The results are primitive looking pottery that feels a bit homemade.

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Photos by Daniel de Bruin.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.