Vanguard 3D Printed Sofa Design
Cutting-edge Finnish conceptual artist Janne Kyttanen continues to expand his artistic portfolio with technological and 3D printing capabilities. Janne has focused on the creation of 3D printable design content for 15 years for the consumer market. He envisions a 3D printing future where products will be scaled down to digital files, and their distribution simplified as downloads from the Internet. As Creative Director for 3D Systems, Janne consistently tests the limits of 3D printing technology. His latest vanguard efforts focused on designing and building a 3D printed sofa.
Furniture 3D Designs
Furniture design represents a new frontier for 3D printing abilities. For 3D Printed Systems, Kyttanen proved to be the ideal designer to demonstrate to the world that 3D printed furniture has a place in the home. The impressive and inspiring Sofa So Good 3D lounger uses a minimal amount of 2.5 litres of chrome and copper that maintains its durability and strength. He designed his innovative lounger on Geomagic Freeform. With a click of a button, Janne was able to create perfectly smooth 3D printing design meshes that give the sofa its unique look. Janne's final results is an airy 1.5 metres long and 80 centimetres tall 3D printed sofa, Its lightweight, geometric design can sustain up to 100 kilograms. By choosing the strongest architectural shape found in the diamond prism, Kyttanen was able to maintain a solid and sizeable shape with a priority on sustainability.
Janne used 3D Systems ProX 950 to print the sofa lounger in one single build. The super-wide 3D printing system used stereolithographic (SLA), which is ideal in many industries for building prototypes and on some occasions, the final product. A 3D printed sofa took approximately 840 hours or a mind boggling five weeks of continuous printing to complete as the Prox950's largest single build.
Inspired by Earth and 3D Printing Capabilities
Silkworm cocoons and spider web anatomies, designed by nature's 3D printers, became the basis of Kyttanen's exploration of optimised structures for the design of the 3D printed sofa. The designer examined how these geometric structures could be applied for optimised usage of materials in construction and production. By applying the principles of structure enhancement to other industries, there is a vast possibility for alternative applications in automotive and airplane design. Transportation costs would be reduced significantly and energy consumption would be notably less. 3D printing demonstrates streamlining possibilities for manufacturing industries in improving quality and lowering costs.