‘Stone hand-axe’ number 8: Custom ergonomic axe handle 3D printed in 16-micron layers using Stratasys PolyJet technology for precision fit. Photo credit: Moti Fishbain
To achieve this, several flintstones were scanned by Dr. Leore Grosman’s digital lab at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology. Ganchrow and Drach then used industry-leading PolyJet technology, producing a 16-micron layer surface finish to create ergonomic design artifacts on the basis of the scanned stones, enabling each axe handle to custom fit the contours of its flint stone with absolute precision. They also used Stratasys VeroGray 3D printing material, which provided a tactile, flawless surface finish with attributes – not unlike the original stone-age tools.
The MAN MADE series of tools was designed to celebrate man’s incredible achievements. By blending technologies from the farthest ends of human existence, Ganchrow and Drach were able to showcase how simple designs powered by clever thinking can translate into beautiful, functional and history changing objects.
MAN MADE has so far featured in two prestigious exhibitions. Any Tokyo, held at the 600-year-old Jojo Ji Temple, Japan, in 2014 was a design event bringing tomorrow’s applied design and ideas together under one roof. MAN MADE was shown in conjunction with Ganchrow and Drach’s earlier “BC-AD” collection to speculate on man’s first and longest-lived tools, reflecting on issues such as branding, agronomics, courtship, manufacture and consumerism, as well as survivalism.
MAN MADE next appeared at BOZAR, The Centre for Fine Arts, in Brussels throughout June 2015. The exhibit’s next stop is the Geological Museum in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, in September 2015 — an intimate solo exhibit showing Ganchrow and Drach’s greater scope of works dealing with contemporary prehistoric stone tools. The MAN MADE collection will then move on to the MUDEC Museum in Milan in October 2015.
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