via archdaily dot com – Durotaxis Chair
What is 3D printing?
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, refers to processes used to create a three-dimensional object in which layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object. (Wikipedia).
How does 3D printing work?
It all starts with making a virtual 3D design of the object you want to create. The content of the design file is then transferred to a “printing” machine to produce the object.
3D Printing for interior design
3D printing allows designers to create more complex shapes and parts, many of which could not be produced by conventional manufacturing methods. Take a look for example at the following chair by “Synthesis Design + Architecture”. The piece was made with advanced 3D printing technology that was able to combine multiple color materials to create the gradient flow. This is not gradient paint, but rather 3D print “coloring”.
When the 3D printing technology originated, printers were only capable of producing items made from plastic material. Now, a much wider choice is available, and 3D printed products can be produced from various materials ranging from porcelain to precious metals, such as the 18k gold cutlery set shown below, or the 3D printed bathroom faucet by DXV.
via DXV American Standard
via DXV American Standard
What is interesting with 3D printing as well is that smaller decorative furnishings can be created much faster than the conventional methods. Once the design file is ready, an object can take several hours to be produced such as the “Blissful Vase” below (16 hours printing). The fractal and multidimensional twist design is amazing, catching ambient light in a magical style. It can be used as a decorative accent or to hold flowers and water.
The benefit of 3D printing is the possibility to create unique pieces with unique features without the need to pay a hefty price. how? simple! To change the features of the object, the designer needs to simply implement changes to the digital 3D model. This means that no expensive physical changes in the real object are needed. Consequently, 3D printed items can be highly customized without any additional manufacturing costs.
This comes in handy especially when customizing for unique interior design tastes. This means that each one of us can have its own signature design!
Moreover, this 3d styling can be applied to anything from light fixtures, to furniture, to décor items.
Check these “Lacelamps” or “Goldfishes” produced by LPJacques studio for example. Production is made by order and can be customized to fit any request.
via LPJacques studio Paris.
Infusing 3D Printing into Commercial furniture
With the evolution of the 3D printing technology, it is possible now to print and combining large 3D printed parts into pre-assembled furniture as the RIO chairs below, and having a unique finished item that meets your taste. This means that if you have a set of 6 chairs, you can have each custom designed differently to add more fun to your place!
via Design Insider Live – RIO chairs
The 3D printing technology existed since 1980, but its evolution and accessibility made it available in wider scale not only for prototyping designs that cannot be made through traditional manufacturing but also for interior designers so they can virtually apply the limitless possibilities of their imagination. With the capacity to personalize and bring into real life virtual objects, the demand for 3D printed artwork will only continue to grow, this is just the beginning!