Nagami, in collaboration with designer Ross Lovegrove, created the Robotica table-stool hybrid using ABB’s robotic arm and software. Using the arm gave designers more vertical design freedom, allowing them to strike the best balance between material usage and production time.
Nagami is showcasing the incredible versatility of 3D printing through his innovative, groundbreaking, and research-filled work. Spanish design studio explores new ways of producing furniture and environments. Founded by Manuel and Miguel Ángel Jiménez García and Ignacio Viguera Ochoa.
Manuel Jiménez García, co-founder of Nagami, was interviewed by DesignWanted to discover more about his creative techniques, 3D printing and how it will revolutionize manufacturing and design in the future.
“The digital domain has always captivated me,” says Manuel Jiménez García, who studied architecture in Madrid at the time that 3D modeling software first appeared in the field, revealing a whole new world of possibilities. I jumped right in, as one of my school’s early users of 3D software and, more importantly, 3D thinking. After graduating, I studied DRL (Design Research Laboratory) at The AA (Architectural Association) in London, a Masters specializing in computational architecture, which was my first exposure to digital fabrication tools. I soon began teaching and actively participating in research projects at AA and other schools around the world, and in 2013 I co-founded a research group with my colleague Gilles Retsin at The Bartlett BPro (UCL).
We focused our research on large-scale 3D printing and other robotic manufacturing methods since the beginning of the cluster, believing that automation would soon produce a new twist in design and architecture, particularly construction, making it cheaper, faster and more efficient. .
3D printing makes product creation considerably more sustainable and adaptable. This opens up the possibility of frequently testing designers’ creativity in the real world, going from computer to prototype in one step, then altering the digital model for retesting in a short time. For a single product, there is no need for sophisticated assembly, expensive mold making, or specialized technology, and each product can be customized.
We believe automation will transform production across the board, resulting in a more sustainable future. The furniture sector, in particular, continues to operate in a very conventional way, with long production lines and expensive upfront capital expenditure to start designing a new product, requiring serialization to enable mass production of the product and lower costs. .
3D printing is also the ultimate tool for distributed production, leading to drastic reductions in shipping and carbon footprint.

3D printing is also the ideal technology for dispersed manufacturing, leading to significant savings in transportation and carbon footprint.
3D printing is altering the concepts of design, manufacturing and consumption.

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