By: Emerging Objects, 2013-14
Material: Wood, salt & rubber
Technology: Colorjet
Manufactured by: Emerging Objects

As an alternative to 3D printing materials proposed by the industry, some designers are testing other materials to 3D print with. These experiments show different ecological benefits: salt is a common resource, wood can be grown, and rubber is recycled from waste.

Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello are the co-founders of Emerging Objects, an independent, creatively driven MAKE-tank at the forefront of 3D printing architecture and design, where innovative materials can be printed at an unprecedented scale. Both hold professorships at the University of California, Berkeley, and San Jose State University, respectively. Rael has a joint appointment in the departments of Architecture and Art Practice, and San Fratello teaches in the Department of Design. In 2014, The Architectural League of New York named Rael San Fratello an “Emerging Voice”—one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture. Their work has been published in The New York Times, MARK, Domus, Metropolis Magazine, PRAXIS, Thresholds, Log, and Wired, and their writings are featured in numerous books and journals.