There are multiple reasons why people prefer 3D printed furniture over handcrafted ones. It not only reduces waste but also saves a lot of time and money. Despite its increasing popularity 3D printing hasn’t achieved its peak and most furniture is still produced using traditional methods. Nevertheless, whenever a new design hits the market or is showcased at any design fest, we take it upon ourselves to introduce the piece to our readers. The Slope lounge chair by Oechsler is one such piece of furniture that I thought you should know about.
The lounge chair was showcased this past week at Salone del Mobile 2022 and looks aesthetically pleasing. Designed by Johannes Steinbauer, the chair features a strong metal base holding the seat shell, upholstery with a grid structure, and cushions made of thermoplastic. All of these are made using a 3D printer leveraging MJF (Multi Jet Function) technology.
It’s not just the chair, Oechsler also used the same technology for printing the soles for sports shoes. MJF additive manufacturing process helps in creating the perfect balance between flexibility and comfort. Every single connected element from shell and upholstery is 3D printed and is super comfortable to sit on.
The hardness of the upholstery can be customized as per the needs of consumer. Printed in several layers, it features fine geometric grid structures that makes the furniture airy and ergonomic to sit on.
The soft and hard elements of the chair are combined in a single component for maximum part reduction. Overall, the modular construction of the Slope lounge chair takes up less space and opens opportunities for cost-effective production.
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