3D-printed street furniture

Outdoor Furniture, 3D-Printed

Designer Philipp Aduatz brings us closer to a 3D-printed future with his new outdoor furniture collection.

Vienna-based designer Philipp Aduatz has created outdoor furniture made from concrete using 3D-printing technology. Commissioned by interior designer Kara Mann for a private client in Chicago, the project includes two large sofas, two chairs, and 7.3-meter-long bench. To carry out the project, Aduatz cooperated with the Austrian start-up incremental3d that produced his “Digital Chaiselongue” for the Milan Design Week in 2018.

3D-printed street furniture
3D-printed street furniture
Photos — Philipp Aduatz

The project was not an easy task, and one of the biggest challenges Aduatz faced was developing a suitable reinforcement technology to improve the load capacity of the outdoor furniture. Concrete, by its nature, is a material that has very little tensile strength, which means that it often requires reinforcement. In this case, Aduatz developed a customised semi-automatic strategy using a combination of glass-fibre rods and carbon textile materials. The required payloads were calculated and tested, and his innovation proved to be successful with its high performance.

3D-printed street furniture
3D-printed street furniture
Photos — Philipp Aduatz

Aduatz’ project offers an exciting glimpse into the future of 3D-printing technology. While appropriate production facilities and expertise are needed for 3D-printing, a future in which the technology is part of everyday use by the public seems closer than ever before as the cost of 3D-printing decreases. In this future, there exists the possibility of creating new kinds of public spaces that are tailored specifically to the community’s wishes, needs, and character. 

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