The Trabecula Bench: Drawing

Kyttänen’s designs travel straight from his imagination to the computer. “Hardly anything happens on paper anymore,” he says, “because most of the files are so complex that it’s practically impossible to sketch them.” He uses a range of CAD software, from the user-friendly SolidWorks to the spline-savvy Rhino, but mostly 3D Studio Max.
freedom of creation trabecula bench CAD software
CAD software usually offers four views of the object—three orthographic angles and an isometric view. Because the sintering machines build his products directly from a CAD file, Kyttänen is able to design from anywhere in the world.

The computer is his workshop. “I can’t imagine any other tool at the moment,” he says. Though it may seem more complex than the old pencil-and-paper method, CAD is actually quite intuitive, and the interfaces continue to improve.

Kyttänen prefers desktops to laptops—a big screen and an ergonomic mouse are crucial—but he also designs on the go. “I can be anywhere,” he says. “In principle, you can even operate these machines from another location. I can build my future around this [unrestricted] way of life—–buy a house at the beach, do my stuff from there, no problem.” With rapid manufacturing, the process is hands-off and divorced from location. It’s worthy of a new name: remote design.

freedom of creation trabecula bench detail
The form of the Trabecula bench takes biometric cues from the internal structure of bird bones—this allows the bench strength and rigidity, while keeping overall weight to a minimum.

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