Wild Minded client and London-based startup Batch.works has partnered with Paperchase to design and produce a collection of 3D printed biodegradable stationery. The range comprises giant paperclips, pen pots, and ballpoint pens, all made using bioplastic.
Batch.works – which was set up in 2016 by former architect Julien Vaissieres – created the collection using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), which involves melting plastic filament at high temperatures and building up objects in layers. Every piece in the stationery collection was 3D printed in Batch.works’ east London headquarters, with 30,000 parts produced in two months. Each paperclip takes two minutes to print, while pen pots take approximately 20 minutes per pot. It’s the first time 3D printing has been used to produce a stationery collection of this kind.
“3D printing has been used for prototypes, engineered parts and high end objects for decades. At Batch.works we revolutionised slow, rigid and costly traditional manufacturing methods with a radically more efficient 3D printing process. Bringing 3D printed products to your local shop and the hands of people” says Julien. “These are the first steps towards a new way of making things sustainable.”
The stationery is featured in Paperchase’s Conscious Living collection, which is all made from recycled and responsibly sourced materials. Batch.works’ stationery is completely biodegradable, and made using PLA plastic – which is produced using sugar cane. It’s part of Batch.works’ mission to unite 3D printing and sustainability – which has included using recycled plastic bottles to produce lamps. Julien hopes Batch.works could help revive the possibilities of local manufacturing.
“One of our longterm goals is to replicate this in other cities, so global designers can produce locally at a fraction of the cost of traditional manufacturing, drastically reducing supply chain waste,” he says. “That’s the dream.”
Wild Minded x Batch.works
We partnered with Batch.works on launch marketing & PR, social media, social media advertising, and content creation.
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Images courtesy of Batch.works.