This New Technology - The World's First Analog 3D Printer

DANIEL DE BRUIN (Netherlands)

Category : GENERAL
By DANIEL DE BRUIN (Netherlands)

This New Technology – The World’s First Analog 3D Printer

THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY - the World’s first analog 3D printer is an ironic foil to computerized 3D printers. 3D printing allows products to be created more swiftly and efficiently. However, these products are not made by hand.They are merely a product of popular digital 3D-printing technology.

In order to rediscover the thrill of crafting something and reclaim ownership, I built my own 3D machine. It is a relatively old-fashioned contraption that produces almost primitive pottery that feels handcrafted and exudes individuality. The machine is powered by gravity and a system of weights. By lifting 15kg weight, the machine is turned on. The weight allows me to be connected with the process. Because there is no electrical power, it is still me who makes the print.



The machine is made up out of metal, aluminum and nylon. CAD software and any CNC machines were not used during the design process.The machine is made up out of metal, aluminium and nylon. The total height is 1.95 meter and it weighs around 35kg.


  • Hiroya Tanaka

    Hiroya Tanaka

    Hiroya Tanaka
    Professor at Keio University, Representative of SFC Social Fabrication Lab

    Having outgrown the previous and simplistic perception of being digital, new and cool, Fab encourages us to rethink basic challenges such as issues between old and new, analogue and digital, global and local, as well as creating and critiquing works. In the case of this entry, by pointing the focus of our questions and views to the fact that the entry is a self-made fabrication tool, we very much hope to encourage people to rethink the distance between themselves and these new, convenient tools like the 3D printer and the laser cutter. This is an exemplary entry that critically pushes the boundaries of the Fab2.0 concept.

  • Natalia Arguello

    Natalia Arguello

    Natalia Arguello
    Consultant: Design + Tech + Entrepreneurship

    It was a great surprise to see this entry show us how an efficiency-focused digital technology could serve as an inspiration to keep the personal connection with the object being created. The acknowledgment of the disconnection between object and creator is a wakeup call for all of us in the design community. Great work!

  • Nicolas Lassabe

    Nicolas Lassabe

    Nicolas Lassabe
    Co-founder of Artilect and Co-founder of ORCAS

    This project, an analogic 3D printer, shows that is possible to do innovation without any high-technology, to produce simply energy with only gravity, to do programing by folding a metal rod, to replace plastic with ceramic, and replace electronic by beautiful mechanisms. For me it is an invitation to think the way we build things. This is perhaps also a proof that 3D printing could have been invented a few centuries earlier! The project reminds me, the work of Markus Kayser, who carried out a laser cutting with a magnifying glass in order to make wooden sunglasses. http://www.markuskayser.com/work/sun-cutter

  • Singh Intrachooto

    Singh Intrachooto

    Singh Intrachooto
    Architect, Associate Professor at Kasetsart University, Design Principal of OSISU

    I like it because it is so tactile and well crafted. In the age of computerization and great hype in digital fabrication, we appreciate this analog version. I also feel that the output is beautiful.

  • Yukiko Shikata

    Yukiko Shikata

    Yukiko Shikata
    Creative curator

    I was fascinated by the idea and real results of producing 3D printers in analog. Amidst a landscape where Fab has become synonymous with digital fabrication and Fab aims for greater heights and sophisticated products, the implementation of a system that operates with the physical force of gravity and weight alone without using electricity is filled with both surprise and criticism. The process, by which 3D structures are formed using dynamically visible mechanisms without using electricity, showcases the origin of simple and realistic Fab that cannot be measured by functionality, rationality, or the time it requires. The creator describes the primitive pots as being made with his own hands and not machines, and you can also say that through Fab the pots are an extension of those that were created by hand by ancient civilizations. I really loved this entry because it not only exhibits the spirit of playfulness and craftsmanship, but it also stimulates the current Fab landscape.

  • Kyle Li

    Kyle Li

    Kyle Li
    Program Director of BFA Design & Technology at Parsons School of Design

    When I stumbled on this piece, my first impression of it was a vague title and a loose description that did not speak well to the newness nor the world’s first analogue 3D printer. However, the beautifully designed contraption caught my eyes and motivated me to continue the investigation. The mechanic printer is a physical realization of a digital fabrication process from the creation of the 2D wired contour line to the 3D printed form. The video was a great documentation of the process and the system of interconnected contraptions truly excited me as a maker.

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