In an interview we did with 4 AXYZ earlier this year, we stated that 3D printed furniture sounded very futuristic to us. In only six months’ time, however, lots of interesting 3D furniture projects have been passing the radar and 3D printed furniture already starts to sound like a well-known technique – within the 3D printing field, of course. And as the technique attracts the interest of more designers, more and more 3D furniture pieces of art are made. A new piece made by designer Aleksandrina Rizova in conjunction with 3DPRINTUK can be described as a ‘3D printed walnut table’.
London based-designer Rizova wanted to use 3D printing to create a new piece of furniture and she therefore went to British 3D printing service 3DPRINTUK. She used their expertise in 3D printing to print out a set of fascinating legs for a coffee table. They printed out the legs in seven different pieces, which took about a week. After the legs were 3D printed, they glued them together. The walnut table itself has not been made by 3DPRINTUK, nor was it even 3D printed. A company called CDCNC used CNC milling techniques to create this table.
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3DPRINTUK has written a little blog post about Rizova’s project, in which they stated the following:
Aleks has done an amazing job with her design and with a little input from us, has created a really stunning piece. Despite the mesh only being a few mm’s in size, the amount of supporting material gives the piece enough strength to hold up the solid piece of wood that has been laid on top.
If you look closely at the legs, you can see how small they are in fact. As it seems, they are only a few millimeters in width, and they are filled with holes as well. One might expect that it would be hard for them to carry the entire walnut table on top, but in fact is isn’t. Because of the nylon material of the legs and detailed but robust structure, they are perfectly able to carry the table and they even allow people to put objects on top of it. Inspiring stuff for designers, so much is for sure.
Credits images: 3DPRINTUK.