Discovery of 2013: 3D Printing
This year there was a real boom of design projects with the direct participation of 3D-printers, which create miracles. Designers actively enjoyed the product of technological progress, realizing the most unbelievable designs, from underwear and jewelry to ready-to-life homes. The innovation did not pass unheeded by furniture designers.
3D Printing Boom in 2013
Brazilian Estudio Guto Requena has emmarbled a sound. Their Noize chairs are the noise of the city, sounds of the streets of Sao Paulo recorded on a mobile phone, loaded into a computer program that transformed them into a visual relief printed on the 3D-printer.
Noize chairs by Estudio Guto Requena
3D printing is not only interesting for industrial and fashion designers and jewelers. Architects also see great potential in a new way of materialization of objects. For example, the Dutch architectural office Universe Architecture plans to implement a project called The Landscape House – the world’s first residential building – within the next year, constructed using 3D-printing technology. Building printer literally prints volume units directly on building site via the specified program.
The Landscape House by Universe Architecture
In previous years, cheap furniture made of plywood or laminated chip board gained ground. Insufficient number of masters made wooden furniture more exclusive and, consequently, more expensive. Samir Shah, founder and CEO of 4 AXYZ, wants to enter a furniture business with 3D printing. At least one of the factors that determine the high cost can be eliminated.
A chair made via 3D printing by 4 AXYZ
The more complex is the piece of furniture, the more expensive it is due more material and more effort. Our technology can significantly reduce costs,” Shah said.
According to Shah, the secret is in the technology that cuts the tree and puts it in layers.
Israeli engineer Andrey Grishko has modified a 3D-printer so that it turned into the machine suitable for making simple furniture. While most printers use layering imposition of molten plastic or powder, the invention of the graduate of Tel Aviv University is based on the use of glass fiber yarns. First, they are passed through a glass with glue and dye, and then wrapped around blanks, defining the shape of the product.
A chair made by Andrey Grishko