Parametric standardization is a bundling of outcomes based on a research project that focusses on the aspects of how 3D printing could exist in a future economy. Research was done in theoretical and aesthetic direction. Outcomes were two series of furniture, based on 3D printed connectors used in combination with rough material. Parametric standardization revolves around shape and size independent design, which leads to location and material independent design. One can imagine printing connectors that fit standard metric material in Europe, where connectors in the USA should fit imperial measurements. A parametric standardized design would fit both, depending on the selected input.

Aspects such as design based on database connection and user influenced, had their outcome in a proof of concept piece of software. The theory is that databases used by companies for keeping track of materials they’re selling and buying, are used as input for parametric standardized designs. This gives users influence in the final aesthetic and pricing of an object, dependent on what’s available in hooked up databases. This lead to a rough image of how an economy would work where objects would be virtual and created ad hoc, dependent on available local rough material.

Kirschner3D exists out of two brothers (Jesse and Aron) who started a small studio in the (empty) south of Netherlands. Their expertise is in the field of 3D printing and designing. Their interest lies in finding ways to make this technique accessible, but more important useful. There is no glory in printing useless figurines; instead research should be done in so that the 3D printer can finally fulfil its long standing promises of becoming the destroyer of old production processes.

Jesse is an Amsterdam-based designer / researcher focusing on creating objects that question the established relationship between designers, producers, and users, and as a result speculate on new systems of making. He graduated from the designLAB at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Colorado College.


Aron Kirschner