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Sticks & Stones

Furniture & Small Scale 3D Printing   // Location: Melbourne, Victoria // Year: 2014 

In the hyper-connected world we live in where data flows fast and instantly shared – what if we can do the same to everyday objects?  What if the object is continually improved, not by the original designers, but by people who use them to adapt it for their needs?  STICKS & STONES is an exploratory design series that tests the possibilities of small-scale desktop 3d printing to produce customised furniture with locally sourced materials.  In addition, the series investigates the potential of 3d printing as an alternative avenue in producing functional objects whilst reducing manufacturing and shipping costs.  It also celebrates and embraces the potential of the web to share, improve and adapt data where users can readily modify objects to their specific needs and then share again.

Sticks & Stones is a table designed to eliminate the need for any joinery skills to assemble.  The 3D printed components are printed on location and the timber elements can be cut by the user or by your local hardware store.  Each timber piece slots within its designated 3d printed component requiring no glue, nails or screws.

The sizes of the 3d component were designed to allow standard sizes of timber to be used which are: 42×19 sections and a 1210x600mm ply sheet.  The 3d printed components themselves were designed to allow small-scale desktop 3d printers to easily produce each piece.  Using PLA plastic, a common material easily available with the current 3d printing trends, the 3d printed components were designed to enable them to be printed with no secondary support structures allowing an efficient print process with no material wastage.  Temperature, shell and print speed variations allows different types of textural and strength qualities providing a myriad of uses.



Photographs in Image Slide above by Desmond Looi