Jan 7, 2015 | By Kira

Where would you rather be on a Saturday morning? Battling the crowds to buy totally impersonal home accessories at your local Ikea, or sitting in the comfort of your living room, designing and 3D printing your very own, completely customized accessories, decorations, and appliances?

3D printed toilet seat

3D Printlife and their spokesman, Joel Rush, have set up an impressive, life-size replica of Joel’s 3D printed apartment at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, asking you to rethink your idea of interior design. The apartment has been featured in their web series, Joel Rush’s 3D Printlife, and features dozens of snazzy tools and accessories, all of which he printed himself.

The series follows Joel, along with his adorable French Bulldog Ted, as they transform his ordinary, ‘barebones’ apartment into a much more functional and attractive bachelor pad.

Using digital templates from 3Dprintlife.com, Joel has created accessories for his kitchen, living room and bathroom. The series highlights not only the creative possibilities of 3D printing, but also just how time and cost-effective it can be.

In the first episode, he shows how in 15 minutes, he solved the problem of squeaky shower curtain rings by 3D printing his own for only 25 cents. In another episode, he 3D prints a butter dish and matching salt and pepper shakers for under $7, and then proceeds to eat a baked potato using a 3D printed plate, knife and fork. The only thing in the episode that wasn’t 3D printed was the microwave and the potato itself.

The series also explains what kind of printer Joel has used, which model he chose from the 3D Printlife Marketplace, as well as the settings and materials used (i.e. the fast-print setting on the Up! Mini, for when he needed an emergency pair of cufflinks—that only cost him 12 cents.)

3D Printlife is known as the #1 trusted and specialized reseller in 3D printing, providing 3D printers, printing materials and filaments, and a large selection of 3D design models ranging from desk accessories to fantasy to pet supplies—including templates for all the objects that appear in Joel’s apartment.

 At last year’s CES, 3D Printlife featured a ‘powerhouse’ line up of products, including radial design models, 3D printers, and exclusive appearances from fashion designers Justin Leblanc of Project Runway fame, and Michael Schmidt, who collaborated on Dita Von Teese’s infamous 3D printed gown.

This year, they’ve taken a more accessible and interactive approach by recreating Joel’s apartment, including the living room, bathroom and kitchen. Each room features dozens of 3D printed household goods, decorations, tools, and other useful products (like his bright red keychain and matching keychain hook), which visitors are encouraged to test out and play with.

Both the series and the demonstration at CES show just how useful, accessible, and cost-effective 3D printing can be in our daily lives. While there will always be a soft spot in our hearts for Ikea’s cheap and modestly-DIY approach to home-decorating, when it comes to fully customizable pieces that you can make in your very own home, 3D printing can’t be beat. 



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