A day of Wonder in Delft

 Editorial Staff

 12 June 2015

A day of Wonder: innovation, 3D technology, and fun in one day!

A journey through technological innovations, art and music performances at the Campus of the Delft University of Technology.

A Day of Wonder

“A day of Wonder”. Photograph: PlugnMake.

From 1 to 5 June, TU Delft hosted the brand new International Festival of Technology in collaboration with the municipality of Delft, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and Inholland University of Applied Sciences.

A week of free masterclasses, debates, open days in laboratories, and special performances animated the city of Delft, and inspired technology enthusiasts, and people from all over the Netherlands.

The festival’s grand finale was represented by A day of Wonder, a big event that transformed the Delft Campus into a big podium for technology, art and music. Main themes of the event were energy and health, and a wealth of projects were displayed in two dedicated areas.

Moreover, different arenas were set up to entertain visitors with stand-up science, presentations, lectures, art and music performances.

The event could not be complete without digital fabrication: the “3D print Village” attracted many visitors and enthusiasts, and the “Future of Fashion” Expo showed people how 3D technology can be applied to the fashion industry.

“3D Pint Village”

The 3D print village consisted of an area made of various stands showing the different potentialities of additive manufacturing.

Leapfrog stand

Leapfrog stand. Photograph: PlugnMake

The first element that received big interest was a Leapfrog Creatr, a 3D printer produced by the Dutch manufacturing company Leapfrog.

Many people of all ages were very interested in the machine and asked many questions about how to print objects.

The crowd around the stand reached its peak at 19:30, when the winner of a Leapfrog 3D printer was announced.

Moments of excitement were followed by a feeling of disappointment coming from the participants who didn’t win the printer (us included!).

A few meters away, the online store MTB 3D presented box3d, a stable built environment for the 3D printer. The box was designed to improve the printing quality by isolating temperature, and to enhance user experience by reducing the noise and expelling gases through an air hose.

Besides selling this innovative product, MTB3D is specialized in selling filaments, among which the recycled filament Refil developed by Better Future Factory. We had the pleasure of interviewing its founders when box3d was still a prototype.

MTB3D stand

Box3d at the MTB3D stand. Photograph: PlugnMake

Digital manufacturing can also be used to bring your passion to life and to create your own business. A great example was given by two young women who create jewelry with a laser cutter: De Witte Zebra and Houtje Touwtje demonstrated to visitors that with creativity, wood, and a laser cutter, unique products can be produced and sold at affordable prices.

Houtje Touwtje and De Witte Zebra

Houtje Touwtje and De Witte Zebra at their stand. Photograph: PlugnMake

“Future of Fashion” Expo

The Future of Fashion expo presented designs made by young designers of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. All the designs apply technological innovations that may totally revolutionize the future of the fashion industry.

Among the projects, a few of them applied 3D technology in order to create customized and unique products.

This fits me

“This fits me” by Leonie Tenthof van Noorden and Eunbi Kim. Photograph: PlugnMake.

This fits me is a project designed by Leonie Tenthof van Noorden and Eunbi Kim. Using 3D body scanning and generative algorithms, it allows people to design personalized fashion products.

A system was designed to create articles of clothing that are impossible to design by hand and are based on a 3D body scan of the customer.

By adjusting the variables of the generative algorithm, the customer can adjust the line pattern of the garment according to his/her personal preferences due to its dynamic nature.

3D printed corset – Aralia, designed by Kirsten Lussenburg, is made of cellulose-based material, which improves the comfort of 3D printed textile.

It is the result of a series of experiments that aimed to create a material with the right properties for a fabric that could be 3D printed.

The corset uses the potentialities of 3D printing for the creation of customized clothing, and the supportive and soft characteristics of the material. By applying size gradients to the material, the customer can increase or decrease the amount of support according to his/her own preferences.


“Aralia” by Kirsten Lussenburg. Photograph: PlugnMake.

Could all this be the future for more personalized and unique products in the fashion industry?

People’s participation

Despite being held at a technical university, the event did not only attract students and technology experts, but also a variety of people from different backgrounds who showed a genuine interest in the innovations of technology.

We saw a great participation of adults and children who understood the potentialities of 3D technology and who have become more aware of the ongoing transformation in the relation between products and consumers.

Curious crowd at Leapfrog stand. Photograph: PlugnMake.

Curious crowd at the Leapfrog stand. Photograph: PlugnMake.

Based on the enthusiasm and interest of visitors at the event, it seems that, in a not-so-distant future, everybody might be familiar with personal fabrication by having a 3D printer at home.

Nowadays, easy access to knowledge and use of 3D desktop machines is becoming a reality and is already revolutionizing local communities.

If similar events like A day of Wonder are regularly organized, maybe this revolution will come even sooner than expected.