We hear a lot about 3D printing these days- 3D printed cars, 3D printed prosthetics, 3D printed engines and even 3D printed food. When this new age technology can spread its reach so wide, how can it not affect interior design?
Many architects and interior designers are extensively using 3D printing to create new and unique designs that give the overall ambience of a property a truly modern and cosmopolitan look. Let us see how 3D printing is changing the way architects and interior designers deal with their day-to-day challenges
New Design Flexibilities - With 3D printing, designers are now not constrained by any technical limitations for any object. They can unleash the best of their creativity and make unique designs that were not previously possible with conventional manufacturing techniques. In fact, 3D printing also saves a lot of time as manufacturing a single part can be done in a matter of hours as against the days and weeks needed for traditional methods.
Easy availability of the technology - A basic 3D printing set up can be easily installed at any workshop. Even if the designer works with bigger objects like furniture, it can be easily outsourced. This has enabled many interior designers and architects to custom-design their furniture, fittings and other home décor components to give a truly classy and customized look to their work. They no longer need to solely depend on whatever is available in the market.
Efficient production - With the speed and accuracy of the 3D printer, it is now possible to produce only what is needed, in the quantity what is needed, with the least wastage and in the least time. What’s more, any product or batch that you print can be unique, the designer can make innumerable iterations and get the best according to his liking.
Customization Options - We have discussed about how designers can create exclusive customized designs to present to their clientele. But now, these designers also have the freedom to let the clients choose the colour and size of the product while keeping the design the same. In fact, it is also possible to transform the look of existing products by 3D printing on them to add to its beauty.
With easier access to 3D printing, architects, interior designers and others involved in the designing business are sure to see a sea of change in the way they carry out their projects. Instead of just going by their experience and finding out what is available in the market, the whole interior designing industry is going to be redefined based on the theme of customization. Moving forward, the clients tastes and preferences are going to be the sole factors based on which the entire interior design will be done. 3D printing is not only necessary for this but is slowly and surely becoming an obligatory part of the interior designing process.