Rapid Liquid Printing

2016 -  

Developed at the MIT Self-Assembly Lab in collaboration with Christophe Guberan and Steelcase, Rapid Liquid printing (RLP) is a breakthrough technique in the field of 3D printing. Utilizing a bath of aqueous gel, a wide variety of materials can be printed at a dramatically faster rate and larger scale than other forms of 3D printing.


The process also allows for the printing of durable, nontoxic, but exceptionally soft and inflatable materials, a previously impossible task. 

These unique properties open up the floodgates of possibilities in the development of new customizable products or devices from furniture, industrial parts, to body safe medical devices. 

The process has been exhibited internationally including the following:

Design Miami 2017, with Patrick Parrish Gallery

Self-Assembly lab in collaboration with Christophe Guberan

With generous support from swissnexBoston 

The Future Starts Here, at the V&A, London

Self-Assembly Lab in collaboration with BMW

Liquid to Air: Pneumatic Objects, at the Patrick Parrish Gallery, NYC

Self-Assembly lab in collaboration with Christophe Guberan

RLP has been possible thanks to the dedicated researchers and designers at MIT and our collaborators:

Self-Assembly Lab: Bjorn Sparrman, Kate Hajash, Shokofeh Darbari, Rami Rustom, Maggie Hughes, Mattis Koh, Schendy Kernizan, Jared Laucks & Skylar Tibbits


Steelcase: Yuka Hiyoshi, Rob Poel, Markus McKenna, Paul Noll, Sharon Tracy, Edward Vander Bilt, Chris Norman & Charlie Forslund


BMW: Sophie Richter, Akos Stegmar