3D printed furniture sounds interesting idea especially with the major usage of 3D printing in different industries. The new initiative by 4 AXYZ company is to use wood-based filament as the 3D printing material for furniture pieces such as tables and chairs.
Although the 3D printed furniture try to simulate the real wood using fine printed wooden layers, the results may not like real wood and this can be one of the few disadvantages of this technology comparing with the nature wood. I do not have much information about the price of these products, but it may be more expensive than the natural wood especially when the company needs to 3D print large volume for tables or chairs.
On the other hand, the advantages look promising. The first idea that comes to my head is how much first tree can this technology save. Additionally, the 3D printed furniture can take different design approach and help designers to produce innovative ideas and creative furniture designs.
Another good advantage of the 3D printed furniture is consumers can customize their own products. if you like a design and would like to customize it for specific area in home, you can simple specify your needs and the furniture piece can be printed based on these specifications.
The 3D printing service by A AXYZ is not limited to furniture; the company collaborated with the Portuguese company, A Catedral, to create smart windows that can respond to different weathers with variety of colors. The 3D printed windows can include sensors to get information about the home energy and how to optimize it.
The 3D printed furniture can become a revolution in the furniture manufacturing and wood products. Although the obstacles that may face the technology but it can be easily solved by more researches.
In addition to the above examples, the below video is not related to the same company, but it provides information about using wood in the 3D printing industry.