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Neri Oxman Unveils “Gemini” Cocoon-Like Acoustic Chaise Produced with Stratasys Color Multi-Material 3D Printing

March 27, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS and REHOVOT, Israel, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

Architect, designer and MIT Professor Neri Oxman collaborates with Professor
W Craig Carter and composer and MIT Professor Tod Machover to explore material properties
and their spatial arrangement using Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D

Printer

“Vocal Vibrations” exhibition opens at Le Laboratoire on March 28th 2014

Stratasys, Ltd. [http://www.stratasys.com ] (Nasdaq: SSYS), a manufacturer of 3D
printers and materials for personal use, prototyping, and production, today announced the
debut of “Gemini”, a two-part chaise longue designed by Neri Oxman, Architect, Designer
and Professor of Media, Arts and Science at MIT, in collaboration with Professor W. Craig
Carter, Department of Materials Science and Engineering of MIT, using Stratasys’ new
Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer [http://www.stratasys.com/Objet500Connex3
].

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Conveying the relationship of twins in the womb through material properties and their
spatial arrangement, Gemini combines both traditional and innovative manufacturing
processes and will be unveiled tomorrow at the “Vocal Vibrations” exhibition at La
Laboratoire in Paris, France. You can follow the gala opening tonight on Twitter at
#gemini.

The two piece cocoon-like structure combines subtractive and additive manufacturing
and continues Oxman’s exploration of the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printing
technology which enables a variety of material properties and color combinations to be
printed in a single build.

“The twin chaise spans multiple scales of the human existence extending from the
warmth of the womb to the stretches of the Gemini zodiac in deep space. It recapitulates a
human cosmos, our body, like the constellation, drifting in quiet space. Here the duality
of nature is expressed through the combination of traditional materials and
state-of-the-art 3D printing,” says Oxman. “Stratasys’ new multi-material color 3D
printing capability has allowed me to create a rich dialog between sound and light, rigid
and flexible, natural and man-made materials and high and low spatial frequencies in ways
that were impossible until now.”

In a design commission to explore how materials interact with the human body, the twin
chaise features an enclosure which cushions the body within a colored, multi-material 3D
printed cocoon, replicating the tranquillity of the womb. A solid wood shell house
provides the protective exterior. Lining Gemini from the inside are 44 composite PolyJet
digital materials, including color. The 3D printed “skin” uses Stratasys’ unique triple
jetting technology and combines three base materials: Stratasys’ rubber-like TangoPlus,
rigid VeroYellow and VeroMagenta, forming varying shades of transparent and opaque yellows
and oranges, in different rigidities. The materials, shapes and surfaces of the 3D-printed
skin enable a unique vibrational acoustic effect for a quiet calming environment.

“Gemini is fundamentally about the complex and contradictory relationship between
twins, which is mirrored in the geometrical forms of the two-part chaise and the dualities
that drive their formation, such as the combination of natural and synthetic materials,”
explains Professor Oxman. “The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer and
technology enabled us to print 44 material combinations that not only target specific
pressure points on the body to form a sensorial landscape, but also act as a soundproof
anechoic chamber, an architecture for quieting the mind.”

Twins born to star

Gemini features separate, independent parts that together form an enclosure: Gemini
Alpha and Gemini Beta. They are inspired by the mythical relationship between the
Dioskouri twins, Castor, born of man (named Gemini Beta after the star in the Northern
constellation of Gemini) and Pollux born divine (named Gemini Alpha after the second
brightest star in the constellation of Gemini).

In keeping with Greek mythology, the first piece, Gemini Alpha, recapitulates the form
of a swan, as it is believed that Leda, the twins’ mother, became pregnant with Pollux
after being seduced by Zeus in the disguise of a swan. Inspired by the lingual root of the
word “swan”, “sound” or “to sing”, Gemini Alpha includes a sound enclosure featuring a
range of Stratasys’ 3D-printed PolyJet digital materials with varying elastic and
acoustical properties. Surface features that are more curved than others are assigned more
elastic properties, thereby increasing sound absorption around local chambers.

“I wanted to reproduce the calming and still ambience of the fetus’ prenatal
experience,” explains Professor Oxman. “The 3D-printed soundproof skin brings the whole
concept to life, transporting the visitor once seated within the chaise to ultimate
serenity.”

Gemini Beta, to be unveiled at the Laboratoire Cambridge exhibition in October 2014,
is designed to complete its twin, creating a full enclosure; however, it can also function
as an independent chaise when positioned upside-down.

Commenting on Gemini as a key aspect of Vocal Vibrations, David Edwards, founder and
director of Le Laboratoire, Paris, says, “We are delighted to be collaborating with Neri
Oxman, whose groundbreaking creations continue to wow audiences while demonstrating the
dramatic potential of 3D printing within the design world. In fact, this will be the first
time that Le Laboratoire has featured a 3D-printed piece and we expect the Gemini chaise
will prove to be an attention-grabbing aspect of Vocal Vibrations.”

“Once again Professor Neri Oxman has demonstrated her ability to push the boundaries
of design and manufacturing with the help of Stratasys’ color multi-material 3D printing,”
says Arita Mattsoff, Vice President Marketing for Stratasys. “This is a truly unique,
functional piece of art that combines traditional manufacturing techniques with
cutting-edge 3D printing technology. We are seeing more and more designers embrace 3D
printing as a powerful new creative tool, enabling them to bring designs they never
thought possible to life in a matter of hours.”

Gemini Alpha will be on display at Le Laboratoire Paris from March 28th 2014.

Watch an exclusive interview with Professor Neri Oxman about the Gemini chaise here.
[http://youtu.be/57cavB0Lw5E ]

More information about the exhibitions is available here
[http://www.lelaboratoire.org/en ].

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and Rehovot, Israel,
manufactures 3D printers and materials for prototyping and production. The company’s
patented FDM(R) and PolyJetTM 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured
goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea
development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include
MakerBot and Solidscape, and the company operates the RedEye digital-manufacturing
service. Stratasys has more than 1800 employees, holds over 550 granted or pending
additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 25 awards for its
technology and leadership. Online at: http://www.stratasys.com or

http://blog.stratasys.com.

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