Interior Design and the Third Dimension of Printing

Interior Design and the Third Dimension of Printing

By: Julie Knight Question: What new technology is easy to use and allows total personal customization? Answer: Additive Manufacturing or 3D printing 3D printing is a process where anyone can have their unique, personal input in developing a 3D digital file and use the file to create an actual physical item. You can either create the digital file yourself or choose to download from a company website that offers hundreds of thousands of designs to choose from with many at no cost.  Also, with the digital file you can either use your own personal 3D printer or choose a company to print the item for you.  These companies can develop your creation in a precious metal, sandstone, stainless steel, nylon or acrylic plastic. And, the future of additive manufacturing is virtually unlimited. And anyone can create a single item or thousands of the same item at a price below retail!  So if you can imagine it, you can create it. But, if you do not have the time to create there are many 3D home décor items in the marketplace. My favorite is LP Jacques.  A Parisian husband and wife team, who are both artists and designers, who have created a line of unique decorate lighting products.  Their “lacelamps” are fashioned using a 3D printers and hand finished by Linlin and Pierre-Yves in their studio. Go to: www.lpjacque.com/shop to see more beautiful decorative items.   And check out these sites for more information: www.thingiverse.com  – Download files to print at home with over 600,000 designs to choose from. www.shapeways.com  – Print and bring your 3D creation to market without risk. www.americanstandard-us.com – Consumer kitchen and bath fixtures that use the 3D process to create unusua water delivery products   All visuals provided are copyrighted: Linlin & Pierre-Yves JACQUES

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