3D-printing that mimics plant cells: A new way to create soft seating
January 28, 2020 | 5:03 pm UTC
There are people hard at work trying to find better production methods for upholstered furniture. One of them is Dutch designer Lillian van Daal, who says her method of 3D-printing has advantages over traditional upholstery techniques.
 
"You need five or six different factories [to produce conventional upholstered furniture]. But with 3D printing you can produce very locally and you don't have material waste in the production process; you only use the material you need."
 
"Soft seating usually consists of several different materials [and] it's all glued together, which is a problem for the recyclability of a product," van Daal says in the video above from Dezeen.
 
At Dutch Design Week, van Daal showcased a 3D-printed chair called Biomimicry, which features a flexible seat and strong base - while being made purely of plastic. The Dutch designer achieved this by imitating plant cell structures.
 
"In nature a material grows in different structures and this is how functions are created," she explains. "3D printing is also a way to 'grow' material, so I've used this solution to create a new way of soft seating with several different functions in one material."

 

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Robert Dalheim is an editor at the Woodworking Network. Along with publishing online news articles, he writes feature stories for the FDMC print publication. He can be reached at [email protected]