3D Printed Lounge

 

This concept surrounds the idea of creating low lying event furniture with the hope of a closed loop process and using the waste from an event to create the furniture. As this is a prototype there is room for exploration of the possibilities of this technology and its commercial applications.

Project Brief

Explore opportunities and limitation of Large-Scale 3D Printing to investigate how we can address challenges relating to outdoor furniture design /manufacturing.

  • Main challenges to be addressed surrounds the idea of the contemporary social issue of plastic waste

 

A plastic extruder attached to a universal robot was developed in the University’s workshop. We were encouraged to explore the possibilities of waste plastic as a feed stock for additive manufacturing.

 

Material

This concept surrounds the idea of creating low lying event furniture with the hope of a closed loop process and using the waste from an event to create the furniture. As this is a prototype there is room for exploration of the possibilities of this technology and its commercial applications.

Visual effect

The use of recycled PET provides a greater visual depth. The use of a back light in several of the images highlights the curvature and smooth lines within the form.

initial stages of concept

I began by sketching some initial concept ideas. This consisted of a lounge-like form that was very unique and organic in its shape. Made from recycled materials, it exploited the use of the unique manufacturing process and the potential of this to create something distinctive and special.

Further Refinement 
From here, CAD was used to explore further form studies. Using a regular FDM 3D printer, rapid prototyping was conducted to determine the structural properties of the design. Early designs included an extrude on the side of the  curved profile, however this form lacked structural properties and potential. In the next stage, compound curvature was implemented which added not only to the aesthetics but also to the overall strength of the design.
Final design 
prototype