All3DP reports on the furniture company Steelcase, which has teamed up with Fast Radius and Carbon “in order to design and 3D print multiple iterations of a custom arm cap for its award winning SILQ office chair.”
The SILQ was designed “with minimal parts and provides custom comfort to anyone who decides to take a seat.” Now, though, Steelcase has chosen to take that personalization one step further. “They reached out to Fast Radius, a provider of additive manufacturing solutions, and Carbon, the Silicon Valley tech startup and digital manufacturer, to help improve the design.”
All three of these companies have now collaborated in order to create a custom arm cap. They utilized Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis 3D printing technology. As Steelcase’s Director of Global Design Bruce Smith explains: “ever since SILQ first debuted, we have continued to experiment with enhancements to the chair’s design, living up to our reputation of pursuing innovation… The additive manufacturing processes from Fast Radius and Carbon enabled us to streamline the already-unique aesthetics of the chair with a lattice structure that also condensed three parts into one.”
As with many other 3D printing-related innovations before it, “Carbon’s additive manufacturing technology provided numerous advantages to the product development process, such as reducing the time it takes to create a product while also reducing material waste. Another benefit of using this fast resin-based 3D printing method is that it enables consumer-specific personalization for certain parts.”
Fast Radius CEO Lou Rassey expounds upon the ways in which 3D printing helped Steelcase’s product development process: “unlike traditional lengthy and expensive design cycles, the additive manufacturing process meant Steelcase could go through as many redesigns as needed to get it right. In this instance, we went from the initial idea with around 100 variables and produced over 12 unique designs in just eight weeks.”
Truly an innovative collaboration.
Images and Quotes Courtesy of All3DP