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 July 13 2017

Ikea does 3D printing

Omedelbar.

Omedelbar.

Omedelbar. © Ikea.

Ikea has launched a new collection of decorative objects for the home, some of which are entirely 3D-printed. 3D-printed objects are already being created by numerous artists, but this is the first time that they are being mass-produced by a major chain. The Omedelbar collection was developed in collaboration with Swedish stylist Bea Åkerlund, who has worked with major stars like Madonna, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. The 3D-printed hands, which can be hung on the wall or used as a decorative hanger for jewellery, are printed in Finland using Nylon-12 and selective laser sintering (SLS). “Now, we are closing fast on the breaking point where 3D is cost efficient in mass production”, said Jakub Pawlak, Project Manager at Ikea in Poland. “In that context, the Omedelbar hand will have its place in design production history.”

Designboom, “Ikea announces 3D printed Omedelbar line by Bea Åkerlund.”

3Dnatives, “Ikea dévoile sa première collection imprimée en 3D.”

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