I’ve been using 3-D printing when designing furniture for some time now. When I first began, it was considered fairly cutting edge and not too many in the industry were taking the risk. However, I’ve always been a little bit of a risk taker so when the opportunity to give 3-D printing in design presented itself back in 2014, I said “sign me up”!
Since that time, I’ve come to realize and understand the practicality of this process for both me, as the designer, and the client. 3-D in design allows the client to fully conceptualize the design of a custom piece of furniture from all aspects. Even the best quality rendering cannot provide the full effect of a custom piece.
As I make more and more use of 3-D in my furniture design, I’m learning that this technique is being used on large scale architectural projects. It’s an incredible way to create and present. In this video I talk about a specific sofa design that 3-D printing allowed me to do just that.
Because of 3-D printing I now see and present furniture as a form of sculpture. Here is a depiction of how I use 3-D printing for this wonderful curved-armed sofa.
Here’s How It’s Done