3D Printing: A “Biomimicry Chair”

3D printing innovations continue to develop in new industries and products. This week, a Dutch designer shows off a new way to create soft upholstery with her innovation – the “biomimicry chair”.

Lilian van Daal believes that 3D printing can be the answer to overly resource intensive productions methods for soft furnishing. Traditionally, a comfortable chair is comprised of several different materials (all glued together) and is produced across a number of different factories.

Van Daal has developed a 3D-printed “biomimicry chair”, which is printed entirely using plastic, but still features a flexible seat and rigid base. She created the variations in stiffness by imitating plant cell structures.

There’s more work and research to be done before the chair can be taken to market, in particular around the possibility of using biological materials, instead of plastic. However, the innovation does offer the possibility that soft furniture could be manufactured locally with significantly less resource use, and therefore increased recyclability in the future.

Read more about the Biomimicry chair here at Dezeen.

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