Recipient of 1 in 100 designlines award
A COLLABORATION OF EXPLORATION.
PAIR KNIFE IS An exploration between today AND the future, the STUDIO AND the materials LABORATORy.
Pair Knife is a product and materials study between industrial designer Joseph Hofer of Hofer Studio in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada and the industry leading additive manufacturing lab within Mohawk College located in Hamilton, Canada.
two as one.
Printed on demand, Pair Knife is produced with future technology laser sintered 17-4 Stainless Steel, often reserved for modern jet engine innovations. Utilizing this process, the larger knife is made hollow, allowing a second smaller knife to be slipped inside. Stored in a slim leather envelope, Pair Knife fits neatly into the drawers of compact kitchens as well as packs for overland travel.
Pair Knife is currently in phase two material development and testing. If successful, limited production quantities will be made available first to registered followers of Hofer Studio.
A GREAT DEVELOPMENT PARTNER IS A DESIGNER'S BEST FRIEND.
Pair Knife, currently in materials development and testing, has been made possible through a partnership with the Mohawk College Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre (AMRC), with support by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
The Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre (AMRC):
- Supports industry innovation using new manufacturing technologies
- Hosts additive manufacturing training, conferences, and workshops
- Provides a test bed for industry to develop new products and processes
- Partners with industry on applied research projects
A Wide Range of Materials For Additive Manufacturing:
- Plastic Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
- Plastic Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
- Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)