During last week’s Appliance World Expo 2015 in Shanghai, a 3D printed air conditioner stole the show. This remarkable product was designed by Haier, but Haier seems to want you to design it yourself. The first one of its kind was sold by a man for the sum of 6,395 dollars. What made someone pay over 6,000 dollars for an air conditioning system? And what are the benefits of 3D printing such a system?
The guy buying the air conditioner seems to have been a tech-savvy enthousiast, so we guess the astronomical sum of over 6,000 dollars could be seen as a gimmick. However, 3D printing an air conditioner comes with a lot of benefits. Because it is 3D printed, it is customizable as well. Customers can choose the color of their air conditioner, but also its style and structures. If they would want their company logo, name or photo to be printed onto the air conditioner, that’s possible.
The air conditioning system, however, is not just appealing because of its looks, but also because of the technique inside – is what Haier wants us to believe. The system is fully programmed and after its installation it can be used right away. The company 3D printed most of its interior, including its LCD display.
It is not certain whether Haier will continue developing this product, as they have not yet given any public information about it. Therefore, this 3D printed air conditioner is still the only one of its kind, but since Haier showed it at a public event, there is a good chance for this product to enter the market any time soon. Will customers just be giving Haier instructions about how to print their air conditioning systems in the future, instead of buying a one-size-fits-all-ish product in one of their shops? Who knows. For this cause, it could be interesting to keep an eye on Haier.
Credits images: Haier.