The 3D printing industry is evolving so quickly and opening the doors to designers and small teams to create numerous number of ideas. One of these unique and creative ideas is the Maker Chair Hexagon–the first crowd fabricated 3D printed chair.
The idea behind the chair is created by Dutch designer Joris Laarman. The 3D printed chair consists of puzzle pieces where anyone can print using Fused Deposition Modeling 3D printer using plastic filaments. Then, the puzzle pieces are collected together to form the whole chair.
In order to 3D print the chair, all you need is to go to Bits and Parts website and download the STL files. These files are readable by any 3D printer. The idea of the open-source 3D printed chair benefits from the fact that 3D printing process for the product can be done anywhere in the world. The idea opens the doors to change the industrial production process. instead of buying the product, end consumer can download the STL files from the designer website. Only basic knowledge of the 3D printing process is required.
The Maker Chair Puzzle consists of 77 3D printed parted. Once printed, the end consumer needs to assembly then to create the whole chair. The idea of printing the chair on pieces is not just for fun and excitement, it solves one of the essential issues in 3D printing, which is the size of printed area and the printing time. Most users have desktop 3D printers which depends on plastic 3D printing materials such as ABS and PLA. These 3D printers have small printing volume and cannot afford to print large objects such as chairs. Additionally, 3D printing a chair as one piece can take more than 10 days to be done.
The Maker Chair Puzzle model provide a creative solution for printing large objects and is offered for beta testing on the website for direct download. The video below shows how the Makerchair Puzzle is printed and 3D printed and assembled.
Recently, the Dutch Museum added the 3D printed chair to their art collection as one of the unique projects on the industrial and artistic domains. The Amsterdam based lab founded by Joris Laarman, Bits & Parts, provides creative designs using the emerging technologies such as the 3D printing. The puzzle chair is one of the project that provide a model for other designers.