Introduction: Today, with the development of 3D printing technology and the expansion of the application market, more and more fields such as aerospace, industrial production, dental and medical, furniture industry, etc. are gradually increasing their acceptance of 3D printing technology. The types of applications in these fields also vary, gradually evolving from model proofing to functional parts, and from single printed samples to mass production. Today, this article will explore the application of 3D printing in the furniture industry.
1、Personalized mass production mode
3D printing technology can easily realize product portfolio manufacturing, multiple products, different batches, one-time production, and simultaneous delivery.
2、Fast, efficient and cost-effective
From design to delivery, by using 3D printing technology, it can be produced in a short time and shaped with lower production cost.
The customization feature of 3D printing can meet consumers' demand for personalized products.
Founded in 2014, Eplus3D's core technical team has over 25 years of additive manufacturing technology accumulation and has been engaged in the research and development of industrial-grade additive manufacturing systems and application technologies, with MPBF™ (Metal Powder Bed Fusion), PPBF™ (Polymer Powder Bed Fusion) and stereolithography 3D printing technologies to provide specialized application solutions for aerospace, automotive, mold and die, health, dental, consumer goods, precision manufacturing and more. Now, they have also ventured into the lighting industry with creative lampshades 3D printed for lamps.
Signify, one of the world's leading lighting companies, is promoting a circular economy through 3D printed lighting fixtures and hopes to revolutionize the lighting market by doing so. The company recently set up a dedicated 3D printing department at its existing lighting facility in Vadodara, India. Printing luminaires offers a more flexible, fast and environmentally friendly way of production, as we can create new or customize existing designs to quickly meet our customers' needs without huge investments and long development cycles.
Serena Fanara is very talented in art and already started creating interesting furniture products when she was at university in Florence and launched the SeFa Design by Nature brand in 2015. A chance encounter with a 3D printer led her to combine her expertise with 3D printing technology to design and produce small fixtures, especially lamps. Always inspired by botanical forms, Serena Fanara's designs believe in the harmony that nature plants can convey. Through Serena Fanara's work, one can see her creativity in lamps and other creative products. Through 3D printing technology, she is able to take her ideas to the extreme and create objects that convey a sense of beauty, allowing for a high degree of unity between beauty and utility.
Inspired by origami folding techniques, the designer developed "Conductive Origami", a new way to open lamps by 3D printing with conductive filaments directly on textiles. Rigid printing on textiles allows the creation of complex elements and a range of different designs. When the printed material is conductive, the light is turned on by the cross-folding of the origami, i.e. by contracting and stretching the structure.
1. Simple and convenient
No matter how complex the furniture product, 3D printers can design furniture models, allowing consumers to choose a satisfactory furniture style. 3D printers can also directly print out furniture prototypes, greatly reducing product design time and improving production efficiency.
For some furniture products that are large and difficult to transport, furniture parts manufacturers have also developed an effective parts separation system. They only need to use 3D printing technology to produce sofa feet, sofa chassis, sofa functional frame and other components. Users can simply assemble them by themselves when using them, and they can even provide customers with personalized services, such as self-designed furniture products and their accessories.
3D printed seats
Throughout the development of seating furniture in recent decades, the use of materials is basically limited to wood, metal, foam and fabric. However, with the growing concern for environmental protection, the versatility of materials and the strong demand for personalized furniture, the market is in urgent need of a new solution for seating furniture design, and additive manufacturing technology is the answer. Using additive manufacturing technology, OECHSLER, Germany's leading additive polymer processing company, has designed new seating furniture - a true alternative to traditional furniture design concepts, rather than a repetitive design. OECHSLER worked with Steinbauer Design to minimize the consumables for the recliner by combining soft and hard parts into one assembly.
3D printed concrete furniture
In the fashion world, designers often want to highlight their unique creativity through the interweaving of colors. the unique texture of 3D printing is one of the best solutions to help artists achieve a new design style. Vienna-based designer Philipp Aduatz collaborated with Austrian manufacturer Incremental3d to create a collection of concrete 3D printed furniture in gradient tones using 3D printing technology. Taking into account the weak tensile strength of the concrete, the team developed new reinforcement techniques in-house to provide the design with load-bearing capacity. The team used a "semi-automatic" construction strategy, using high-performance steel to support the required loads. 3D printed concrete and steel were seamlessly combined to create durable and aesthetically pleasing furniture. The application of this technology is understood to reduce workload and waste while producing unique and vibrant furniture. The technology can now produce a range of limited edition furniture, including: chairs, trompe l'oeil stools and benches measuring 230x56x45cm, and large trompe l'oeil vases measuring 60x60x152cm. There are also five gradient colors to choose from: red, blue, white, green and black.
3D printed eco-friendly chairs
Belgian designer and artist joachim froment uses plastic waste as raw material in his latest collection of sustainable furniture. Made from locally recycled plastic, the designer 3D prints it into seats and stools. The full collection includes seating and lounge chairs, as well as a variety of other furniture pieces. The designers used a portable 3D printer developed by "colosus" that can be easily moved to areas where plastic waste is generated, making it very convenient.
Each technology has its own advantages and limitations, and so will 3D printing. Today, with the promotion and use of 3D printing technology, 3D printing has been accepted and recognized by most countries, regions and industries. Coupled with the changes in design thinking, the richness of material types, the improvement of technology maturity and cost reduction, 3D printing will become a powerful "helper" for traditional manufacturing, but also an emerging production industry and emerging production technology, to promote the transformation and upgrading of traditional manufacturing.