"Imagine a future in which data is design, in which products travel through the internet as code, produced on demand at any location": anyone who loves 3D printing thinks that this is our (maybe next) future, but for Finnish designer Janne Kyttanen it was just a starting point for his Lost Luggage project, on exhibit in Rotterdam last April. For Kyttanen 3D printing can really, and already now, decentralize manufacturing, so much that we don't have to travel with our luggage anymore. What we need can be digitally sent and then 3D-printed at our destination, even before we get physically there.

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Lost Luggage is a collection of personal objects, a sort of "bare minimum" a woman would like to find when arriving somewhere: a dress, shoes, handbag, gloves, jewels, shades. Everything 3D-printed in one operation, explains Kyttanen, and hold in a bigger travel bag which is 3D-printed itself. Our imaginary fashion-tech traveller can't choose anything different from the chainmail-style of many current 3D-printed dresses, but this has little or no importance here. Lost Luggage proves that if you look at 3D printing as a way to de-localize objects, you're already right.

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Of course Lost Luggage objects can't be printed using a simple personal 3D printer: Kyttanen has been a creative consultant for 3D Systems for years and his collection was manufactured using their professional production printers.

 

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