Even if you haven’t been following the 3D design trends, it’s impossible not to have come across at least some 3D printed products in recent times. This technology, which has been around for over three decades, has made progress by leaps and bounds in the past few years; and the ever evolving world of home design and decor is making the most of it.
Imagine breaking your favorite vase, or a limited edition dinner plate. It could be a potential nightmare, or not! In our ever adventurous and busy lives, we could either painfully scour the internet looking for replacements and dealing with shipments, or just get it 3D printed at our own convenience. This however is just one small example of how 3D printing will impact our day-to-day lives, and the possibilities are endless.
We are still a few years away from owning our personal 3D printers; so until the technology catches on further, let’s have a look at some of the best 3D printed design and decor items that have made it to our homes, or are almost there.
These edgy designs have a modern appeal to them. The rugged geometric shapes that seem to be inspired by outer space are made with biodegradable material. These innovative designs would be quite painful to produce using traditional manufacturing methods, but 3D printing makes the entire process simple and convenient.
Inspired by design thinking and love of 3-dimensional shapes, these lampshades are like an experiment with light and its impact. They will look gorgeous during the day and create stunning visuals when lit at night. These lampshades are made to order, and there are so many intriguing designs to choose from.
The idea behind these hybrid products was to take control of manufacturing as well as assembly. It uses the 3D printing technique not only for designing complex structures, but to reduce the production turnaround time. All you need to do is connect the wooden rods with the 3D printed joints, and your lamps and coat racks are ready to be used, just like flatpack furniture.
Great designs don’t always make it to our homes. As sad as it may sound, there are too many hurdles that designers face before their products reach the shelves. OTHR is bridging this gap by partnering with the best designers out there, and using 3D printing technology to produce their brilliant designs. These sophisticated products are perfectly suited for any modern home.
You don’t have to be an architect to appreciate the beauty of man-made structures. If you love collecting souvenirs representing the cities you have visited, you will love these 3D printed cityscapes. Their collection is currently limited to the city of Manhattan, but other major locations are in the works.
This modular wall unit explores storage and structure with 3D printing technology. The fluid system that can be rearranged as required consists of various individual blocks that are stacked on top of each other. You can create your own unique bookshelf or room divider using these hollow hexagonal blocks. It is a visually interesting and functional piece of furniture that can be adapted to any space.
3D printing has long transitioned into materials other than plastic. These 3D printed napkin rings, also by Simplus Design, are made of metal and come in bronze-infused stainless steel and sterling silver. The mesh structure looks gorgeous, and the hand-polished surface makes it hard to believe that it wasn’t handmade.
Using both design flexibility and 3D printing technology, this everyday object is made much more alluring; almost like a piece of art. This bottle opener has an ergonomic build and it’s made of polished bronze steel. You can even get it custom-printed with engravings of your choice. This design shows how 3D printing technology can test our creative limits.
Pushing the envelope even further, these chairs test both design and strength. This shows how the size of 3D printers does not define what you can create using them. Individual blocks are printed and later assembled, like solving a puzzle. It’s hard to imagine, but these chairs are safe, durable and built for everyday use.
We have some more exciting 3D printed home decor to share with you in Part 2. So stay tuned and in the mean time let us know what you think about this collection!