It certainly is a hype among furniture designers: 3D printing furniture pieces. However, in case you’re owning a 3D printer yourself, you will probably not be printing out your own pieces of furniture. The problem is that desktop printers, which most 3D hobbyists own, are unable to print out items as large as a chair or a table. Nevertheless, 3D enthousiasts at French website 3DNatives managed to do the impossible: 3D printing a chair using a desktop printer.
So how did they do it, then? Well, they printed out a series of puzzle blocks, which they assembled into a puzzle chair, naming their project Bits & Parts. Call it cheating, call it anything you want, but they did manage to 3D print an actual chair on a consumer 3D printer. They will soon put the files on Wevolver, so anyone could try this at home for free.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and the same thing goes up for the Bits & Parts project. Because they had to find the perfect settings, it took them as many as 347 hours to get their 3D printed chair printed. They first had to test it, assemble it and retest it again, which also wasn’t just an afternoon activity. We imagine 3D printing puzzle chairs might be something for real die-hards.
But it is possible. The chair is made from PLA plastics and looks very intriguing if you attentively look at the puzzle pieces. It’s a perfect example of an applied arts project, a chair that would fit well in a museum as well as in a normal house. You’re probably going to need a strong adhesive to glue the pieces, but it could work. And yes, they also shot a slightly cheesy accompanying video. Check it out here:
Image credits: 3DNatives.