IKEA launches FLAMTRÄD 3D printed on demand decorative items »
Affordable furniture and designer giant IKEA has been flirting with 3D printing for some time, with prototypes and experimental projects. Today, under the leadership of Olaf Szukałowicz, the furniture giant launched FLAMTRÄD, the first commercial line of decorative items 3D printed on demand, albeit limited to Germany (for now).
Decorative (but also useful) items are all 3D printed using SLS technology and probably (judging by their appearance) mass finished and colored using DyeMansion technology. It is available on request only and only through the IKEA Germany website. The collection, which is part of the Deko Accessories line, includes several 3D printed designs under the FLAMTRÄD brand, including two different lattice head sculptures and several other hand sculptures. Both are available in black or white.
Each product is described as taking “3D technology to a new level and guaranteed to grab attention.” Nice on its own, but also in combination with other shapes from the same series ”. Of course, the price is competitive enough to bring on-demand 3D printed decorative items to a new level of availability in the market. Items start at just € 29.99, with the most expensive being € 49.99.
Another IKEA project involving 3D printing saw the company release a series of DIY 3D printed add-ons to make its existing products more accessible to people with special needs. The project, called ThisAbles, was started by IKEA Israel with the aim of making the company’s iconic household furniture more easily accessible to people with physical disabilities. The product series includes add-ons like easy handles, mega-switches, glass bumpers, user-friendly zippers, curtain clips and more, all of which can be downloaded as printable files. in 3D and printed at home or via a service.
Previously, IKEA had collaborated with 3D printed custom prosthetics company UNYQ and Sweden’s Area Academy, working together to create a series of ergonomic products for the gaming community. Conscious Products aimed to address common player health issues such as carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, etc. The first prototypes of the product line were unveiled under the UPPKOPPLA brand.