Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printed in One Piece


Tessa Blokland  


Last week my blog post was about consolidated parts, or in more simple language, several different parts that are 3D printed as a whole in a single print. This week I would like to focus on consumer products that are designed and 3D printed in one piece. Do you see the shared design element in all the featured products? Indeed, hinges!

The first design is a 3D printed handbag by Australian industrial designer Marta Cherednik. The bag, called Stealth Bag, is 3D printed in one piece, including embedded hinges and snaps, folded, and snapped into shape.

The 3D printed chair you see here is a design from French designer, Patrick Jouin. Tamu, as the chair is called, is a foldable chair, 3D printed in one piece with polyamide. The concept behind the chair is that it has been conceived with as little material as possible. The whole chair is built with hinges to make it possible to fold.

Austrian eyewear brand Rolf designed and 3D printed these glasses in one piece, Substance glasses (see top image). The hinges of the glasses are 3D printed at the same time as the frame, enabling to make all the glasses in one batch, as well as minimizing the number of external suppliers needed, and decreasing the number of spare parts.

Industrial and product designer Leon Laskowski designed this 3D printed foldable lamp, called All in. Everything in this design — apart from the heatsink (the led and its electronic components) — is produced without any tools in one single location, in one piece, in one go, and from one material, and therefore eliminating the need for manual assembly by almost 100% and pushing recyclability to a whole new level. Thanks to specially designed hinges in the lamp, it is possible to 3D print 56 lights at once on an industry-standard laser sintering printer.

The last example of a 3D printed in one piece is from US-based Nervous System. The 3D printed dress, Kinematics Dress, needs no assembly, thanks to the extensive use of hinges between the triangular panels. The studio used a smart folding strategy to compress the piece into a smaller form for efficient fabrication. By folding the garments prior to printing them, we can make complex structures larger than a 3D printer that unfolds into their intended shape.


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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.


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