How disruptive could 3D printing be to furniture manufacturing?

If you’ve ever tried to decorate a room and have been frustrated because there weren’t pieces of furniture that were uniquely “you,” you might be in luck. 

With 3D printing furniture designers can easily create prototypes from which they can test and refine their products before going into production. 3D printing also allows designers to customize their designs with bespoke elements.

Traditional plastic furniture is produced through injection molding, a process that is cost effective for the mass market because the expensive molds can be reused to produce large numbers of units. But the downside of injection molding is any modification in the design requires the production of another mold.

The advantage of the 3D printing approach is that the chair is built up much like coiling a single, long rope, and it does so according to a design in a CAD file, which can be modified easily.

The foundation for being able to print sophisticated, custom furniture pieces out of multiple materials is being established.

What will you 3d print next?