Snap-Together 3D Printed Chair: The Future of Sustainable, Screw-Free Furniture

Ty Emerald
By Ty Emerald

Imagine a chair that snaps together without any need for screws or glue. That’s right, no more fumbling with tiny tools or waiting for glue to dry. This isn’t just any chair, though; it’s a step forward in eco-friendly furniture, thanks to the wonders of 3D printing. And in the commercial furniture world, this could make a difference while giving people in cafés and coffee shops something more to talk about.

Designer Eva Dugintseva has taken 3D printing to the next level, moving away from the flimsy plastics of the past. Now, we’re talking about durable materials, including the possibility of using recycled plastic, reducing our environmental footprint one chair at a time.

The magic of the Som Chair lies in its design. It’s crafted from two curvy pieces that fit together perfectly, thanks to their clever shapes and ridges that lock in place securely.

This design doesn’t just look good; it’s also practical, making the chair easy to put together, take apart, and move around. And if a part breaks, you can replace just that piece without tossing the whole chair.

While it won’t fold up as small as some flat-pack furniture, you can still stack two of these chairs in one box for shipping. Plus, with 3D printing, there’s room to play with the design, adding a dash of style that stands out from the usual minimalistic look of flat-packed pieces.

In short, the Som Chair isn’t just a piece of furniture. It’s a glimpse into a future where design meets sustainability, proving that being eco-friendly can also mean being stylish and practical.

Eva Dugintseva, pictured sitting on the chair she designed, is a junior product 3D designer in Moscow, Russia.
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