When it comes to 3D printing, there is big, and then there is BIG. However, over the course of the past year, we have seen more and more new 3D printers emerge on the scene with the ability to print really large objects. Now we have 3D printers that are capable of printing objects of all shapes and sizes and can provide a tremendous benefit to home builders and interior designers, as well as those individuals who are looking to build a home, and/or furnish an already built home.

3D printing – also called additive manufacturing – is any of various processes used to make a three-dimensional object. In 3D printing, additive processes are used, in which successive layers of material are laid down under computer control. These objects can be of almost any shape or geometry, and are produced from a 3D model or other electronic data source.

The manual modeling process of preparing geometric data for 3D computer graphics is similar to plastic arts such as sculpting, except we need a computer aided design (CAD) software. The other method is 3D scanning, a process of analysing and collecting digital data on the shape and appearance of a real object. Based on this data, three-dimensional models of an object can then be produced.

Several different 3D printing processes have been invented since the late 1970s. The printers were originally large, expensive, and highly limited in what they could produce. Nowadays more and more people tend to customize and personalize their home, rather than choosing from a set of prefabricated furniture. 3D printers are capable of printing both small-sized home models and life-sized, completely usable furniture pieces.

Designers can create the 3D model of a very detailed furniture, then using a 3D printer and PLA filament, they print pieces of a shelf, a life-sized chair or table that match the chairs.

While most people probably wouldn’t be so keen on putting a plastic chair and table set in their living room, these ENVIENTA 3D printed furniture pieces capable of supporting a human’s weight.

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