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Working with plastic that has been through multiple rounds of recycling poses a big design challenge. While polymers remain cooperative after being recycled once and even twice, they become far less stable after a third pass — making them much less likely to produce sturdy results with traditional manufacturing techniques like injection moulding. One solution is to develop designs and production methods that are more forgiving to these material limitations. It’s this idea that led East London design and craft studio Gareth Neal and Rotterdam research and design studio The New Raw (run by Panos Sakkas and Foteini Setaki) to partner on a two-year project.

Funded by Better Factory through a 2019 European Union grant aimed at fostering...

Craft Techniques Inspire the 3D-Printed Loopy Chair

Gateth Neal and The New Raw unravel a fresh digital fabrication technique.

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