HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
REGISTER   |   LOGIN   |   HELP
Blogs
CAD/CAM Corner
Video: 3D-Printed Furniture Is 'Endless'
7/24/2012

Dirk Vander Kooij's Endless furniture line is made of recycled refrigerator materials and is 3D printed using an industrial robot that was modified to do the job. (Source: Dirk Vander Kooij)
Dirk Vander Kooij's Endless furniture line is made of recycled refrigerator materials and is 3D printed
using an industrial robot that was modified to do the job.
(Source: Dirk Vander Kooij)

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Page 1/2  >  >>
Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Wow 3D Furniture
Beth Stackpole   7/27/2012 7:11:07 AM
NO RATINGS
@bobjengr: That's what makes the furniture application so interesting to me. It's not where you would expect 3D printing to be applied, but as the technology advances and a wider swath of people are exposed, it is being put to novel uses in all kinds of areas. At the same time, it's delivering benefits from the ability to effectively do one-off manufacturing to serving as a way for people to bring ideas to life more quicker. So many different possibilities.

bobjengr
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Wow 3D Furniture
bobjengr   7/26/2012 7:36:15 PM
NO RATINGS
 Charles, I certainly agree with you on this one.   I think technology enhances creativty instead of stifling creativity.  Then again, we are always looking for better methods to design a more functioal "mouse trap".   The ability to produce on-of-a-kind is intriguing also.   I would never have thought of using additative manufacturing to produce furniture but if it works it works. 

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Wow 3D Furniture
Beth Stackpole   7/26/2012 8:36:00 AM
NO RATINGS
@CLMcDade: You raise a good point that the 3D printing around prescriptions could have been done in a separate article. The point of combining the two was to take a look at really offbeat applications for 3D printing to showcase the versatility of the technology.


I agree with all that $1K is a bit pricey for a chair, but I'm thinking it's positioned more as art and less about functional furniture.

nearboston
User Rank
Iron
Egonomic yes, economic/environmentally friendly???
nearboston   7/26/2012 7:39:00 AM
Nice looking chair.  Very similar to the ones you can get at the discount chains for about 20 bucks.  And they can be made out of recycled plastic too.

 

How long does it take to make one chair, and what is the power consumption of the process per unit? 

Bob Hulme
User Rank
Iron
3D Printed Furniture
Bob Hulme   7/25/2012 10:30:15 PM
NO RATINGS
The real advantage of using an industrial robot to do the 3D printing is the scale of items that can be produced.  Making prototypes or one-offs will be possible for larger items without the need to purchase a very large 3D printing machine.

Excellent combination !

78RPM
User Rank
Gold
Re: Wow 3D Furniture
78RPM   7/25/2012 1:29:48 PM
NO RATINGS
A one-off might be steep at $1,000 but if you use it for a mold to make endless duplicates, that's pretty cheap.  Some engineering could go into it to make it structurally sound while using less material.

ChasChas
User Rank
Gold
Re: Wow 3D Furniture
ChasChas   7/25/2012 12:46:36 PM
NO RATINGS
 

sdoyle posted a link that tells the price. Little steep for me for a plastic chair. It's a good start for something, I am sure.

CLMcDade
User Rank
Gold
Re: Wow 3D Furniture
CLMcDade   7/25/2012 12:19:10 PM
NO RATINGS
I missed the mention of $1,000 a pop in the article.  What is priced at $1,000 and is thus a "feel good product like EVs"?  It can't be the chairs themselves because $1,000 for a stylish, ergonomic and comfortable chair is a bargain.  Add in the possibility mentioned of customizing it to an individual customer and the value skyrockets.

Utilizing a robot to apply the layer-by-layer build-up takes 3D printing to another level by removing it from the limitations of a fixed sized enclosure.  As a prototype process, the ability to iterate in full size to dial in comfort without shaving blue foam, shaping plywood or laying out resin is an incredible step forward.

The home medicine aspect of the article was interesting, but could have been a separate article as it addresses a totally different application and industry and raises ethical and legality concerns separate from the cool possibilities opened up by Kooij's creation.

 

ChasChas
User Rank
Gold
Re: Wow 3D Furniture
ChasChas   7/25/2012 10:06:48 AM
 

Nice! But at over $1000.00 a pop, it's a "feel good" product - like EV's.

sdoyle
User Rank
Silver
Re: Wow 3D Furniture
sdoyle   7/25/2012 9:43:55 AM
NO RATINGS
For a full idea of the furniture: http://www.dirkvanderkooij.nl/en/product


I wonder how well the "Endless Lamp" actually works.

Page 1/2  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs from CAD/CAM Corner
The Business Advantage Group recently released its 2014 Worldwide CAD Trends Survey, announcing both a prospective increase in the cloud-based CAD industry and the anticipated incorporation of 3D printing.
Easel was created with beginners in mind. It acts as sort of a gateway app that takes novices from project inception to actual milling in just five minutes.
Autodesk, a leader in 3D design solutions, announced earlier this month that it has completed its acquisition of Delcam, a leading supplier of CAD/CAM manufacturing software, in its efforts to expand the company’s manufacturing software capabilities.
3D Systems absorbs Xerox’s Solid Ink Engineering to further expand its 3D printer prowess.
Texas Instruments' Webench is vying to win the Golden Mousetrap Award in the Analysis & Calculation Software category, but it is up against some pretty tough competition from Mentor Graphics, COMSOL, and aPriori Inc.
Design News Webinar Series
3/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
2/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
12/18/2013 Available On Demand
11/20/2013 Available On Demand
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Apr 21 - 25, Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: April 29 - Day 1
Sponsored by maxon precision motors
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service