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Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home

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Jiani Zeng and Honghao Deng use Voxel printing, which allows pigment to be applied not just to the surface of an object but to all layers.

Designers and engineers are using three-dimensional printing technology to make a variety of domestic products.


Designers and engineers are modifying three-dimensional (3D) printing technology to make domestic products, like furniture and homeware, that would be impossible or unaffordable to fabricate otherwise.

France-based startup XTreeE makes furniture and structural elements that would be tough to cast in cement, with technicians remotely tuning viscosity and hardening time by varying printing additives.

This will enable XTreeE to expand its printing facilities, without needing to ship heavy raw materials internationally.

Meanwhile, U.S. designer Joe Doucet in 2015 unveiled a collection of steel and ceramic objects commissioned from other designers, printed layer-by-layer using binder jet printing with a metal-glue amalgam that is superheated and infiltrated by molten bronze.

Also notable is the Illusory Material collection from Massachusetts-based designers Jiani Zeng and Honghao Deng, a set of polymer objects that use Voxel printing to produce lenticular effects by accruing layers of varying colors and opacities, then overprinting a transparent wrapper of varying thickness.

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