Practical 3D Printing Looks Like A Crazy $6370 Coffee Table

Practical 3-D Printing Looks Like a Crazy $US4,500 ($6,376) Coffee Table

3-D printing, the technology that will change retail stores forever, still has a long way to go to best injection-moulded plastic. But if you want one application where 3-D printing kicks the arse of conventional tooling, look no further than this Inception-inspired coffee table. Stelios Mousarris's Wave City coffee table takes design cues from Nolan's mind-bending movie, with an incredibly detailed cityscape that folds back in on itself. The table is constructed from a blend of wood and steel, with 3-D printing apparently used to model the skyscrapers.

Aside from being a wonderfully impractical piece of furniture I would dearly like to own, it's a good demonstration of where additive manufacturing technology stands right now: that level of precision and finnicky detail would be virtually impossible to replicate by hand. But it's still ruinously expensive (the table runs $US4500 [$6376]), and only practical for one-off or limited-run manufacturing.

[Stelios Mousarris via Contemporist]

Practical 3-D Printing Looks Like a Crazy $US4,500 ($6,376) Coffee Table
Practical 3-D Printing Looks Like a Crazy $US4,500 ($6,376) Coffee Table

Image credit: Stelios Mousarris


Comments

    That's great, except it's quite obviously NOT 3D printed. The buildings are clearly single blocks of wood, which leads me to think that they are CNC carved, but "3D printed" sounds cooler.

    This looks remarkably like a render, come back when it is a physical product.

    I know it's a bit nerdy to point out, but man that would be a MAJOR dust magnet.

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