Diwire desktop wire bender is a new twist on downloadable design

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© Margaret Badore

This weekend at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City, Pensa Labs exhibited the Diwire desktop bender, which quickly translates computer-drawn images into physical objects.

Billed as the first of its kind, the device allows users to rapidly prototype designs or just bend up someone else’s idea. Pensa has created lampshades, a wall clock, a table base and a number of other objects using the device. The Diwire can bend 1/8 inch and 1/16 inch steel wire into any angle up to 135 degrees.

project screen© Margaret Badore

The bender is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised $177,522 in crowd funding. You can pre-order the Diwire, but at $3,200 the device is way more expensive than its 3D printing desktop counterparts.

Similar to 3D printing, technologies like this one allow for ideas to move without moving the stuff. Read more downloadable design here.

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