3D Printed Furniture

Commissioned by interior designer Kara Mann, Philipp Aduatz has created a large collection of custom-made 3D printed concrete furniture pieces for a private client in Chicago. For this project, Philipp Aduatz has cooperated with Austrian start-up incremental3d, which produced his ‘digital chaiselongue’ for Milan design week in 2018.

The biggest challenge and innovation for this project was to develop a suitable reinforcement technology to provide the load capacity for the design language of Philipp Aduatz. by its nature, concrete is a material with very little tensile strength; therefore, it should be reinforced. in this case, a customized semi-automatic strategy was developed.

The required pay loads had been calculated, tested and proved by the high performance of a specific combination of glass fiber rods and carbon textile reinforcement. This was visually perfectly integrated into the design. The commission consists of two large sofas, two chairs and a 24-foot-long bench divided into three segments. Each item has been produced in one piece with a minimum thickness, and has been placed in a permanent outdoor environment.

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