Is Three Dimensional [3-D] Printed Furniture Really a Game Changer?
The technology is a tool that can turn the tide. It can change notions and raise the benchmarks. The industrial revolution in the early 18th century triggered many revolutions which resulted in numerous inventions. The last two decades of the 20th century witnessed many technological shifts and innovations. The computer is one such invention that transformed the nature of the world. Thanks to electronics. Computers have been widely used in all fields without an exception.
3D printing is one of the computer aided processes which started in the early 1980’s. It is termed as the flag bearer of the third industrial revolution. Due to globalization, it is reaching even to remote areas. It shook the entire system with its pace of development. It also made an impact in the production of materials. Its footprint is evident in the furniture industry. The advantages of the 3D furniture are as follows.
Design & Time
Traditional furniture designs can took years to be available in the market. They have to be tested and certified. But 3D printing can reduce the time and enables the manufacturer to check the design as early as possible. This technology streamlines the design process. Using this technology, one can create their own furniture designs in a short span of time. It is as simple as taking a paper print. Manufactures can have more creative space in this design process.
The programming of the computer determines the efficacy of this process. 3D printing is showing intended results. If a person wants to create some random furniture, then he/she can create it in a simple manner.
Impact on the market
3D printing requires less space unlike, the normal manufacturing process. Many manufacturers are collaborating with the tech related startups to join the movement. This saves capital, time, and other resources which in turn cut the cost of manufacturing process. It is a good opportunity for the budding entrepreneurs to venture into this field.
Impact on the environment
Metal scraps from the industries are melted and converted in to a beautiful and useful furniture pieces. Even wooden scrap is used in the 3D printed furniture, so it means no material o wasted.We can say it as a eco-friendly technology, where trash is turned to treasure.
Benefits to customers
1) In the near future, shoppers can directly walk into the factory and get the desired furniture model.
2) Easy to replace and modify the existing furniture models
3) Can be customized to the user’s profile
5) Can make a difference to the existing décor easily by choosing the desired style and color.
To conclude, one can say this process is beneficial to manufacturers and customers. So, we can say that it is a game changer.