In the world of Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, Circular Economy - Smart Materials might be perceived as yet another expression that people roll on their tongues and some manufacturers use to promote their materials. Yet, what are these smart materials exactly? How do we measure their level of “smartness” or intelligence? And, if there are such smart materials, are there stupid materials as well? This event will offer you a perspective to the materials world in the design industry. Questioning the existence of materials which are smarter than others will be addressed through known products, innovative case studies and a glimpse into the future of materials design.
Speakers: Elodie Ternaux & Efrat Friedland I Language: English
This cross-disciplinary conference on polymers, industrial design and production will bring together designers, engineers, product managers and manufacturers. Key insight and innovative approaches will be conveyed, among others: polymers as metal replacements, lightweight in public transportation design, new sustainable approaches, color trends, 3D printing alongside innovations in injection molding and more. Lecturing: A.Schulman, Mäder, Marubeni, Merck, PolyOne and Sabic. Dirk Winkel will share the story behind the W127 lamp and Aart van Bezooijen will talk about Sustainability MCBW Website
"Design - Production - Materials" at DTU Skylab / Copenhagen
On February 17th, 2015 I was invited to lecture at the DTU Skylab in an event organised for the IDA - The Danish Society of Engineers. The aim of this conference was to take a deep dive into the product design journey from the very front end to final production - with a special focus on materials, and how to select the right one.
Erik Haastrup Müller, Founder of Futation, was the initiator of this event
As part of the MCBW 2015, I was invited by Bayern Design to take part of the Start-Up event in the session dealing with environment and sustainability.
"Scarce resources, harmless substances, self-sufficient energy supply and social justice play key roles in product design. In what ways do companies and designers use innovation and creativity as central elements to design transformation based on new technologies, materials and economic models? An event moderated by Erik van Buuren of Walachei in Berlin."
DAMADEI – Design and Advanced Materials As a Driver of European Innovation.
Are the European Design and Advanced Materials sectors connected?
Creative industries are often defined as the main drivers of innovation and encompass an even bigger potential. In this regard, design is a powerful tool for innovation in new or emerging markets where user-friendly and appealing design is a must to create or enter the market.
However, there are still some barriers obstructing the full development of such potential. One of the main remaining barriers is the lack of knowledge about the potential use of advanced materials in designing new products.
The DAMADEI project seeks to raise awareness among designers and to provide them with the appropriate experience on how to take advantage of these huge opportunities regarding advanced materials.
This event focused on the issues and challenges that continuously arise for designers who are working in the ever-changing business environment in Asia and China. Each morning and afternoon sessions considered a variety of different perspectives about this topic. In my workshop I chose to demonstrate how good material selection determines the success of a design project, all this via group exercises with many material samples.