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Accelerating creative processes through 3D printing at IED Barcelona

IED Barcelona use their BCN3D Sigma 3D printers for prototyping and functional testing, speeding up students’ creative processes and turning conceptual designs into reality. 

The Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) is an international network of eleven schools worldwide, specialized in training, development and research in the fields of Management, Fashion, Design and Visual Communication. During this past year, they have implemented 3D printing technologies at their facilities.

Why 3D printing is useful for the IED Barcelona?

“The IED philosophy is built using a methodology based on ‘learning by doing’. Therefore, the rapid prototyping part becomes very important. Thanks to the new technologies that we now have within reach, rapid prototyping allows us to accelerate creative processes, especially in the design sector. During the design process, students can quickly validate and test ideas through 3D printed models”, explains Raffaella Perrone, Managing Director of Design at IED Barcelona.

Prototyping a car for the year 2035

One of the projects recently completed with the BCN3D Sigma 3D printers was a conceptual car by Miguel Ángel, Alberto Martínez y Joan Franc. The brief specified the need for the mobility of the future, specifically for the year 2035. The idea was to come up with a concept that would maintain the pleasure of driving in the future.

IED Barcelona conceptual car
Conceptual car assembly process

“The challenge of the project was to reproduce the 3D model designed in the computer as closely as possible. In order to do so, we have used the best technology in the market. 3D printing technology has allowed us to reproduce the complex and organic shapes that we had designed. This was all possible thanks to the BCN3D Sigma 3D printer”, says Miguel Ángel.

IED Barcelona car prototype
Concept car prototype manufactured with the BCN3D Sigma

With their use of additive manufacturing technologies, IED Barcelona clearly demonstrates how 3D printing can revolutionize the phases of product development with speed and high quality pieces.

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