The SEKISUI House-Kuma Lab (aka T-BOX) at the University of Tokyo began with a donation from Sekisui House Co ltd, to help research the future of architecture using technology to discover “the ‘future of life’. Students in the Architecture Department are now using six flagship Ultimaker 3D printers and Ultimaker Digital Factory software to improve their craft and explore other areas of growth.
Mr. Toshiki Hirano, Director and Assistant Professor at SEKISUI HOUSE-Kuma Lab said, “Choosing Ultimaker was a great fit for T-BOX due to its high level of printing accuracy, speed and responsiveness, and the unlimited range of materials allows students the opportunity to experiment with advanced polymers and composites to meet real-world demands.
“The goal of T-BOX is to provide the full development potential for every learner, where they explore the 3D printing system and Ultimaker Digital Factory for product development and printing prototypes and architectural models, transforming their visions in reality.”
T-BOX has already produced many different 3D printed models, including an installation model that was exhibited at the last Design Biennale in London. T-BOX scanned various iconic objects in London and Tokyo, converted them into 3D data, printed them using Ultimaker printers and shipped them to London where they were assembled and displayed.
Jurgen von Hollen, CEO of Ultimaker, said, “It’s great to see leading educational institutions like the University of Tokyo recognizing the importance of 3D printing and bringing out all the creative inspiration of its students to prepare them to have the greatest possible impact. be when they enter the professional world.
“Our 3D printers, software and digital factory are used around the world in a variety of industries and applications, providing a wide range of business benefits and I applaud the University of Tokyo for its role as help propel 3D printing into a transformational business technology, offering flexibility and lasting value.
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