Lilian van Daal‘s Biomimicry: 3D-printed soft seat is designed as an alternative to conventional upholstered furniture, which requires several different materials and processes to create the frame, padding and covers.
“A lot of materials are used in normal furniture production, including several types of foam, and it’s very difficult to recycle because everything is glued together,” Van Daal told Dezeen. The designer began to look at ways of printing structures that behave differently depending on how material is distributed, enabling some sections to be soft and others to be rigid.
“I was testing the flexibility and the stiffness you can get from one material by 3D-printing various structures,” said Van Daal. “I did lots of experiments with different structures to identify the kind of properties each structure has.”
In particular, Van Daal looked to nature for inspiration and examined the properties of plant cells, which are able to perform several different tasks. Reducing the density of the material would create more flexible areas for seating, while the amount of material could be increased where greater structural strength is required….
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