Entering December, I have to say that the most anticipated holiday is Christmas. Rhythmic Christmas songs, shiny Christmas trees, and sweet candies exude joy everywhere. But you must have never seen the Christmas tree that 3D Tiger is about to introduce to you-Human Nature. It is beautiful but fragile. Although it is a Christmas tree, it incorporates the latest technology. At first glance, it appears to be composed of a group of glowing butterflies floating. In fact, Human Nature is composed of thousands of 3D printed exquisite leaves.
This 3D printed Christmas tree was designed and manufactured by architect Timothy Hatton. In addition to showing its beauty to the world, it also has a special meaning-to protect nature and the earth. Surprisingly, Sir David Attenborough, the narrator of the BBC documentary "Pulsation of the Earth" and a British national treasure, also participated in the design of this tree from beginning to end. Human Nature is nine meters tall and consists of 3D printed leaves from five tree species: oak, silver birch, dogwood, elm and maple. These tree species are currently suffering severe damage from pests and diseases.
These 3,000 intricate leaves were 3D printed by the British 3D printing company ObjectForm. The filament Fila-Cycle launched by the company in 2014 has won the overall recognition of the plastics industry because of its 100% recyclability. Fila-Cycle can not only be made into electronic products such as refrigerators, but also into plastic bottles and safe food packaging. The emergence of Fila-Cycle can not only make the 3D printing process more environmentally sustainable, but also make the public pay more attention to protecting the social environment and ecosystem to a certain extent.
The company uses Ultimaker 3D printers to make these exquisite leaves and branches, and the 3D printing material used is Fila-Cycle. There are as many as 20 Ultimaker 3D printers in ObjectForm's "mini manufacturing farm", which greatly shortens the time for 3D printing and basically achieves "zero waste".
Each leaf will take about 20 minutes. Hatton said that the first leaf prototype he designed was very solid, but after discussing with ObjectForm, he improved the structure of the leaves: making them thin as cicada wings, and the veins of the leaves are clearly visible. In the end, these leaves have almost zero gravity and become fragile and beautiful.
"Human Nature" was unveiled on November 16, and will be exhibited on January 5, 2017. After the exhibition, these 3D printed leaves will be sold, and all the proceeds will be given to Fauna & Flora International (Fauna & Flora International), and the rest will be recycled by ObjectForm.
Architect Timothy Hatton has always paid great attention to the concept of environmental protection, giving priority to protecting the ecosystem and historical buildings. Timothy Hatton expressed the hope that the appearance of "Human Nature" can make people pay more attention to environmental protection.