Project egg is community powered 3D printed project

Project EGG

  • Written by Sander van Geelen
    Nov 5, 2013

Michiel van der Kley has been working on Project Egg for quite a while now and he decided to send us some more background information about the project and an update about his progress.

project egg growth

Michiel explains to us; I've started a large 3D printing project. It's a project where almost everybody can help.

The project is about 3D printing, sharing, and about a community effort to reach its goal.

I've designed an egg shaped pavilion, of 5 x 4 x 3 meters, consisting of 4760 stones. Each stone is unique and different. All these stones together, connected in the right order form the building.

I'm asking everybody with a 3D printer to help build this pavilion.

What you can do, is print a stone with your 3D printer. This way, everybody actually owns part of the building. When you adopt a stone, your name will be in it and will be seen when ever the pavilion is exposed.

You could ask yourself, why this particular pavilion.

For a lot of us, especially when you see it at first, 3D printing is kind of a miracle.

After a while I found myself asking the question; what more could I do with this new technology. We're in a transition phase, I guess. We could try and print things that are already there or we could also try to print things that aren't there yet. That is the path I'm taking these days. What can this machine bring us that couldn't be achieved any other way.

I tried to start on a blanc page. To sit amongst the things I love and things that inspire me like nature.

That is where I found a lot of my inspiration. But I am not trying to copy nature. What I want is to find out where 3D printing can lead us to. And in some areas I see some resemblance.

We're totally free, actually. We don't have to work with the laws and rules of the 'old way' of manufacturing.

We can re-invent, start all over with the only limitation being that the printer has to be able to print it. That's what this building and the project is all about.

If you compare it with the 'old methods', you can easily tell the differences. I want to build something but I am not going to team up with a specialist. I am doing it myself with the help of a few people that do know a lot more about physics then I do.

When I want to produce this structure, I don't go to a firm that is specialized in building things, No, again, I do it on my own, but with the help of a lot of people that also have a very small factory in their homes, workshops or school, and see the possibilities and fun of this new way to produce. So it is not just the building what this project is about.

It is also about self sufficiency and community sourced work.

The path that lead us to the final form of Project Egg.

Project Egg inside
Project Egg outside

It's not a world of specialists anymore, but in a way a very democratic version of the old world.

Maybe I'm wrong, or partially wrong but it is satisfying to be part of this changing of perspective.

What a wonderful world we live in.

Will you help me?

I am planning on starting new similar projects in the future.