In 2008, groups of students at Victoria University gathered together to create unique rapid prototypers in just 3 weeks. Emma Whiteside was part of the Equinox group who designed and built an environmentally sustainable rapid prototyper. Genesis Energy sponsored this project and has given the group the opportunity to make a second version.
Equinox is the means with which we achieve technical photosynthesis, harnessing and magnifying the pure energy of the sun for the conversion of fluid to form. Echoing the suns orbit patterns, Equinox’s production process is reminiscent of growing wood concentrically, but unlike wood, it can be controlled to produce any geometry. Products produced by Equinox tell a story about the weather on the days they were created. The possibility of colour variation in Equinox’s grown products is endless. By using Resene’s VOC free paint, made right here in New Zealand, we can grow objects which are safe for the environment and accessible. Resene’s paint recovery programme, PaintWise, recycles all models and unused paint back to the paint it started as. Equinox provides the means for paint to break free from its two dimensional life in an ethical, beautiful and natural way.