3D printing of furniture has been going on for some years since the benefits of the technology were discovered by designers looking for inspiration in terms of materials and shapes. The potential of 3D printing for furniture can be seen in many current projects globally, be it for the production of entire furniture pieces or individual components.
It’s hard to see why not especially when the advantages of 3D printing are plain to see:
- Limitless scope for your creative designs
- Flexible material choices
- Hardly any material wastage
- Customize with a wide array of options
With technological advancements and the inevitable shift towards having more personalized home interiors, 3D printing is increasingly being used to produce furniture that is unique and tailored-made.
Designers can really let their imagination fly thanks to the complex geometries afforded by the technology, instead of having to work around the limitations of traditional manufacturing.
The furniture business has traditionally required significant investment in design and time to reach a final product because of having to rely on third-party vendors. But with 3D printing, designers can iterate their creations more thoroughly with lightweight furniture prototypes that can be created quickly and inexpensively.
One candidate to consider for functional prototyping is the Fortus 450mc from Stratasys using Nylon and ABS materials, which can create highly dimensionally accurate components with excellent surface finish and mechanical properties.
For visually appealing concept designs or for low-volume production, one could turn to the PANTONE validated Stratasys J750 PolyJet 3D printer, which can do over 500,000 color combinations to unleash endless creativity.
While 3D printing will not replace traditional manufacturing entirely, the lower production costs and endless design possibilities associated with it can push the boundaries of innovation further.