As part of LDF’s Future City event, 3D printing company Batch.works is inviting the public inside its east London headquarters to watch products being made, and to learn about the 3D printing process at first hand.
Visitors can explore the micro-factory where Batch.works produces its range of stationery and homeware, and see the company’s twelve 3D printers in action. It’s a rare opportunity to see Batch.works’ goods as they’re being made, as well as shop its range of products.
The open studio is part of London Design Festival’s Future City event, which will see four creative startups, including Batch.works, open the doors to their workshops in east London’s Containerville. Exclusive installations and exhibits across architecture, interactive design, multimedia art and environmental science are on display as part of the event.
Batch.works is opening its micro-factory to the public to raise awareness of 3D printing’s potential to save space and energy, and its role as a more sustainable choice for brands and designers wanting to create products. Batch.works’ range of goods is 3D printed from bioplastic - produced from renewable sources - or recycled plastic sourced from water bottles and packaging.
Batch.works founder Julien Vaissieres, who was a judges’ Star Choice for Stationery Matters’ Thirty Under 30 Class of 2018, commented: “Our mission is to show that local manufacturing is possible, even in a major city like London.
“We want to open the eyes of the public, as well as local design studios, to the opportunities that 3D printing offers, particularly in terms of the limited space it requires, and the reduced amount of waste it creates.”
Set up in 2016, Batch.works has collaborated with designers and studios from the UK, France, Canada, Poland and Germany to design and print products. It created a sustainable stationery collection in partnership with Paperchase earlier this year, and produced a limited-edition London Design Festival pen for the event’s media launch.
Batch.works has several new collaborations coming up, including a collection of 3D-printed pens for The Hoxton’s new Working From_ co-working space, which launches in London and Chicago in October. Its products will be stocked at the Tate Modern store from May 2020.
The London micro-factory will be open to the public from 14 - 22 September, 12pm - 5pm on weekdays and 12pm - 4pm at the weekend. Entry is free.