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30. September 2021

World premiere: Design bollards from the 3D printer

In front of the botanical garden Gardens of the World, the first bollards from a 3D metal printer were installed in Berlin-Marzahn. They combine art with security. Designed as a sculpture from the outside, a stable interior assumes a protective function at the north entrance area on Eisenacher Straße.

Today, the world’s first bollards from a 3D printer were installed in front of the Gardens of the World in Berlin. The ten bright orange sculptures serve as traffic control at the north entrance to the park. Their special feature: The interior consists of a resistant steel structure. The outer shell, however, is a work of artist Moto Waganari. The reflective, wavy surface is well equipped against vandalism. The bollards were created on the 3D metal printing machines of the Berlin-based company GEFERTEC.

The project was initiated and supervised by the Print Pioneers team, a unit of the Berlin.Industrial.Group., to which GEFERTEC belongs. Its aim is to make the possibilities of industrial 3D metal printing accessible to users in art, architecture or design.

“This will change the face of public space,” says Daniel Bärwolff, project manager of Print Pioneers. “In the future, urban furniture will no longer only have to be functional, but can also score points as an eye-catcher.” The Print Pioneers are already working on other bollard formats, lighting installations and, above all, on crash-absorbing street furniture for high-security applications. The collaboration with the Gaerten der Welt was a first test run of how to produce stable interior designs for bollards. Instead of grey concrete blocks, crash-resistant, aesthetic objects could change the face of public space and contribute to urban quality of life.

The bollards were set up in the presence of Kathrin Buhe, Park Manager of the Gardens of the World, and Nadja Zivkovic, District Councillor for Economy, Roads and Green Space. “The new innovative sculptures are a real eye-catcher for our visitors”, said Kathrin Buhe. Nadja Zivkovic added: “The first 3D-printed security elements in the world come from Berlin-Marzahn. That suits us well and underlines the wealth of ideas in our district.” The district office for Roads and Green Space supported the installation of the bollards both professionally and financially.

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