Workshopped is an Australian exhibition to show the work of Australian designers to help them move from prototype to manufacture. Since 2001 it has been featuring the work of emerging Australian designers. David Knott is one designer who has regularly exhibited at workshopped. In 2007 he showed his pendant light that features laser cut acrylic blades. He chose digital manufacturing to reduce the cost of each unit and allow more customization than other production methods. Knott nicely explains the benefits of the chosen materials and manufacturing processes: “the benefits of a locally designed and manufactured product are further enhanced by the ability of the consumer to easily and fully recycle the light at the end of it’s useful life. The pendant is designed to ship flat with assembly on site, so the manufacturing and shipping procedures are kept to a bare minimum. A feature of the design is to allow a certain amount of customization for each customer which benefits from reasonably small local production runs”.
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