One__Shot.MGX Folding Stool, 2006
This is a Folding stool. It was designed by Patrick Jouin and manufactured by Materialise NV. It is dated 2006 and we acquired it in 2008. Its medium is laser-sintered polyamide (nylon). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
The One__Shot.MGX folding stool is a highly functional form, designed to be manufactured by rapid prototyping technology, a revolutionary digital three-dimensional printing process. In 2008, rapid prototyping is still a relatively new technology, most often employed to produce medical devices or industrial items such as car parts. The French industrial and interior designer, Patrick Jouin, and the Belgian manufacturer, Materialise NV, were among the first to explore this nascent technology for production of furniture, lighting, and products for the domestic landscape. The digital technology allows designers (and will eventually allow consumers) the freedom to create a variety of forms that can be customized and produced as limited editions or unique works, and presents an alternative to traditional mass production methods that rely on standardization to achieve ease of manufacture and low cost to the consumer.
This stool is a single unit of hinged and twisting parts, but it is not made by conventional manufacture and assembly. Its name is derived from the fact that it is made all at once—in one shot. Jouin’s design is rendered in a three-dimensional computer image that is sliced horizontally and then “printed,” layer-by-layer, hinges and all, via laser sintering, an additive manufacturing method that uses a powerful laser to fuse powdered material, in this case polyamide (nylon), into a three-dimensional object. Contact between the laser beam and the nylon hardens the material to produce the object. The laser selectively fuses the nylon by scanning cross-sections generated from the three-dimensional digital description (from a CAD file or scan data) on the surface of a powder bed. After each cross-section is scanned by the laser, the powder bed is lowered by one layer thickness, a new layer of material is applied on top, and the process is repeated until the stool is complete.
One__Shot.MGX would be the museum’s first example of an object manufactured using rapid prototyping technology.
Its dimensions are
H x diam. (open): 39.7 x 32.1 cm (15 5/8 x 12 5/8 in.) L x diam. (closed): 66 x 10.5 cm (26 x 4 1/8 in.)
Cite this object as
One__Shot.MGX Folding Stool, 2006. laser-sintered polyamide (nylon). The Linda and Irwin R. Berman Stool Collection. 2008-32-4.