After completing his master International Law Gijs van der Velden joined Joris Laarman Lab in 2009, assuming the general management position in 2011, becoming partner in 2014.
In this Lab the future of digital production is subject to critical and visionary research and development. Research on the future of 3D printing is a key subject.
The Lab (anno 2004) first gained notoriety with the Reinventing functionality project, which included functional rococo radiator Heatwave. Its Bone Chair (2006) is widely praised as a modern design icon. The work of Joris Laarman Lab has been added to the permanent collections of many renowned international museums like the MoMa NY, V&A London, Centre Pompidou and recently the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. End 2015 a solo exhibition started travelling around the world, see: www.jorislaarman.com
Research showed that the 3D printing industry would not bring the Lab a printer that could print big, fast and affordable. The Lab thus decided to take matters in their own hands. The team developed a robotic 3D Printer that prints big objects, out of the box, without support structure, in metals and resins.
In 2014 the partners of the Lab decided that their printing technique would continue as an official spin-out company named: MX3D (Multiple aXis 3D printing). The MX3D team is led by Gijs van der Velden and Tim Geurtjens and supported by partners like Autodesk, ABB, Lenovo, AMS Institute and ArcelorMittal. www.mx3d.com
After completing several experiments, Art Pieces and a Bicycle MX3D set out on a journey to 3D print a metal bridge over a canal in the Red Light District of Amsterdam to show the potential of its technique. Printing has started and MX3D aims to place the bridge in 2018.