3D Printing, The Future Of Design

3D Printing, The Future Of Design.

Have you ever had a design in your head, but no idea how to convert that design into a real object? As technology is advancing each day, it might not be as hard as you thought to print your design. 3D printing has been taking a variety of industries by storm, with more and more people making use of 3D printers to create models, mock-up products and artwork to name a few.

Although the concept of 3D printing might be new to some, it has been around since the 1980’s. The process of producing a 3D printed object back then was a lot more costly and time-consuming than manufacturing the exact same object using traditional methods. As technology evolved the printer’s quality and processes improved tremendously. Today we have a wide variety of different 3D printers available on the market. You would be able to purchase a mini 3D printer for as little as US$ 250. This opened a world of possibilities for engineers, architects and designers, as your design is limited to your idea or creativity.

Even though the 3D printer prices can start as low as US$ 250 it can also go up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. There are different methods of printing for example, FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling), SLA (Stereolithography), DLP (Digital Light Processing), SLS (Selective Laser Sintering), SLM (Selective Laser Melting), EBM (Electron Beam Melting), LOM (Laminated Object Manufacturing), BJ (Binder Jetting), Polyjet technology and MJ (Material Jetting / Wax Casting). I would like to discuss only two of these printing methods, FDM and Polyjet technology.

FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) is a 3D printing method that can print heavy-duty objects from the same type of plastics you would find in everyday products. The 3D printer takes a spool of plastic filament, melt’s it and extrudes it onto a tray building the item layer by layer from the bottom upwards. The materials used for the FDM printing is industrial grade thermoplastics and this allows the objects printed to be extremely durable. This method of printing is changing the way that industries design and manufacture objects, as lead times and costs are cut by printing the objects instead. This method of printing has opened up an entirely new world for architectural, design, mechanical and medical fields to name a few.

3D Printing, The Future Of Design

Polyjet technology is a 3D printing method that allows you to create a wide variety of objects in different colours as well as different material properties like durability and heat resistance etc. The printer works similar to that of an ordinary inkjet printer but instead of printing with drops of ink, it drops liquid drops of plastic, which with the help of the printers UV light, solidifies the liquid drops. Some of the most advanced polyjet printers can print multiple material parts in one object. The amount of waste created while printing objects is a lot less than that of the other manufacturing methods. In time printing the objects could save costs as well as time.

3D Printing, The Future Of Design

There are so many objects that are currently being printed, Dubai boasts with the first ever 3D printed building. By printing this building the labour cost was around 50% less compared to the conventional buildings of a similar size. The entire office took only 17 days to print and as the technology advances, I am sure that we will see more 3D printing in the construction sector. The possibilities seem endless. It might only be a matter of a time before we sit in our 3D printed houses, printing objects from our own 3d printers instead of going to the store.

3D Printing, The Future Of Design

Below are some examples of what can be created when your imagination has no limits.

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Bathroom Trends to Transform Your Space into a Feature Room

Bathroom Trends to Transform Your Space to a Feature Room

Bathroom Trends to Transform Your Space to a Feature Room

Bathroom Trends to Transform Your Space into a Feature Room. When it comes to the latest bathroom trends there are a few things that immediately come to my mind, nature, serenity and accent colour. Nature is becoming more of a feature with the usage of earthier materials like natural woods, stones and wood-like tiles. Not only is nature featured in the product selection, but also with adding live plants. Vertical gardens are being used as feature walls to add more colour and life to space, with low maintenance.

With the booming hotel industry, it has become clear that some people would like to bring the hotel bathroom experience to their own personal bathrooms by making the space feel more welcoming and relaxing. The master bedroom and bathroom are moving more towards an open plan, with the bathroom forming part of the suite, rather than being hidden away. Freestanding baths, beautiful basins as well spacious showers visible from the main bedroom area becomes the focal point in the area.

Bathroom Trends to Transform Your Space to a Feature Room

Spacious showers are in high demand, as we are seeing more walk-in showers and even double showers, rather than the typical small cubicles. Bathtubs are also being replaced to allow for a spacious shower.

Bathroom Trends to Transform Your Space to a Feature Room

Bathroom Trends to Transform Your Space to a Feature Room

Grey colour tones feature in the majority of contemporary bathroom designs this season. This, however, does not mean that the bathroom will just be grey and dull, it is typically brightened up by adding some accent colours in either mosaics, décor tiles or in the accessories and towels. Geometric and 3D tiles along with the correct lighting application can also provide additional depth to a space that would have otherwise appeared to be empty or flat. Feature floor tiles are making more and more appearances, they add colour and contrast to any small bathroom without overwhelming the space. In larger bathrooms the feature floor could become a main feature giving the illusion of a rug in the bathroom but with a bit more elegance.

With the current trends, it is easy to see that bathrooms are no longer seen as just a functional space but rather a feature room in the house.

 

 

 

 

Design Tips For The Kitchen

Design Tips For The Kitchen

Design Tips For The Kitchen. If you are a food lover, like me, and spend a lot of your time in the kitchen, it is essential that your kitchen has an easy flow. You definitely do not want to get stuck on an obstacle course, while preparing your favourite meal.

Before even starting the planning process of your new or improved kitchen, I always recommend to go a bit deeper and inspect your existing kitchen. Take photos of every single cupboard’s content, print them out and start listing what exactly it is that you require space for. It is only then that you realise how many items you have to create space for. This is a critical step that is often forgotten and could leave you with a kitchen that feels small, cluttered and lacking storage.

Some tips to get you started:

1. If you don’t use it, lose it.

Every single item in the kitchen should be used to avoid clutter from accumulating. If you don’t use it, lose it. I try to purchase multifunctional items, like the Phillipe Stark’s, Juicy Salif. This lemon squeezer is functional but is also a piece of art to brighten up your kitchen.

Design Tips For The Kitchen

 

2. Interesting storage containers could also be used as display pieces

Interesting storage containers could also be used as display pieces. I prefer using clear containers, as this will allow you to immediately view what is inside, without having to go through the hassle of opening every single container, or labelling and re-labelling.

Design Tips For The Kitchen

3.  Space is your friend and drawers are a lifesaver when it comes to space.

Base cabinet drawers are amazing space savers, it allows you to maximize the usage of the entire space. It also avoids the need for getting down on your knees or unpacking a cupboard just to get to the can of beans stored at the back. There is a wide variety of different drawer organisers available on the market. These will assist you to stack plates, organise spices, cutlery and even the biggest nightmare of them all the plastic containers.

Design Tips For The Kitchen

4. Lighting is both aesthetic and functional.

It is becoming more of a trend to have sensor lighting installed inside your kitchen cabinets and drawers. To have the cabinet or drawer lights go on when opened, without even flicking a switch, adds that extra touch of luxury. Other than general lighting, task lighting fixed underneath wall cabinets are great to light up the counter space. The lighting could be neatly hidden and when switched on enhance your kitchen experience. It is not only functional, but it also looks great when switched on.

Design Tips For The Kitchen

5. Open counter space is essential to your kitchen experience.

The counter space is a crucial part of any kitchen. It is recommended to always have open counter space next to the sink, stove/oven and fridge. These are the locations that will be used most often, and you don’t want to be stuck with a hot baking pan and no nearby space to put it down. The majority of stone counters are hard wearing and able to withstand heat but in time they do start to wear when exposed to too much. I would recommend to always have something handy to place a hot pan or baking tray on even if you have stone countertops (I have a wooden cutting board nearby, and it works great).

Design Tips For The Kitchen

6. Don’t waste offcuts.

If you have just installed new stone countertops, ask for the cut off pieces of the sink or other larger areas to be polished. Glue some felt on the bottom of these pieces and they can be used on top of your counter. They are great to place heavy appliances on, like the mixer as this will allow for easy moving, without scratching your counter.

Design Tips For The Kitchen

7. You can never have enough power socket in the kitchen

Power sockets are something that is not always a priority for contractors as they usually only include the bare minimum. I would recommend having double or triple power sockets wherever possible. This will allow you to spread out your appliances and have ample available sockets when required. You definitely do not want to trip over extension cables while trying to multitask. There is a wide variety of different sockets on the market and I would recommend choosing sockets to match your needs. I have sockets with USB adapters to keep my phone and tablet charged while cooking, but there are many others that are becoming popular (like smart sockets that allow you to switch off all appliances with a single request to Alexa, Siri or any other digital assistant you may have).

Design Tips For The Kitchen

It does not matter whether you are ripping out your entire kitchen or just adding some décor elements, it is important to have fun and leave your own mark on the kitchen, that you can be proud of.

 

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Getting Your Zebra On A Walk On The Wild Side

Getting Your Zebra On A Walk On The Wild Side.  Just like the chicken and egg scenario, some might argue that Zebra striped pattern is white with black stripes others might argue it is black with white stripes. If one looks closer at the stripes one can’t deny that these stripes make somewhat of a statement. Zebra stripes are used in so many different design fields.

First of all, by referring to zebra stripes print, it does not necessarily refer only to zebra hides. Zebra stripes are often printed or painted patterns on a wide variety of materials. It is also not for everyone, you either love it or hate it, a bit like marmite. Below are 5 tips, how you can get your Zebra on with a touch of class in your interior.

Reupholster A Chair With Zebra Fabric:

Zebra strips print can breathe new life into an old chair and could even convert the chair into a centrepiece. I would recommend a zebra-striped chair for a reading nook, a study or even as a feature chair in a lounge. Zebra stripes print also work very well for bar chairs, however, I would not recommend turning every single seating area into a zebra extravaganza but one or two should do the trick.

Fun With Zebra Prints On Cabinets:

If you feel that your space needs a bit of monochrome extravaganza but not too sure where to start, you could always transform your storage cabinet by adding a zebra pattern to it. The print does not have to be on all the sides of the cabinet and could merely be the front side of the cabinet. The pattern could either be painted on the unit or alternatively it could be a hide or patterned fabric that covers the unit with the use of studs. If fabric part sounds a bit too difficult to DIY, you could always get assistance from an expert in the field.

Wall Up The Zebra:

Zebra wall covering could be an instant pop to a blank wall. One can use the zebra pattern on the wall (painted or wallpaper) or alternatively there are a large variety of pre-cut vinyl stickers available that would be easy enough to install yourself.

Soaking Up The Zebra:

Freestanding bathtubs are becoming more of a trend in a modern bathroom. There are some companies that are able to wrap the bathtub in zebra hide to transform the everyday bath into a feature piece in the bathroom. You, however, do not have to cover the bath just to add the zebra pattern print to your bathroom, this can also be achieved by using patterned tiles on the floor or in a feature wall in the bathroom.

Zebra And The Table:

Zebra print ceramic or porcelain crockery are available in a wide variety. This could add that extra touch to a dinner party. I would recommend not to use the entire set in the same zebra print but rather mix it up with either a variety of different zebra design or by adding black, white or a bright colour. By adding the solid colours to the zebra print it will allow for the zebra printed crockery to stand out more. Alternatively, if you love the pattern but do not feel confident enough to change your existing crockery, you could always add the zebra stripe in the form of a serviette or even a table runner.

 

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