Aug 9, 2017 | By Tess

Japanese design and product development company id.arts (formerly idarts, Inc.) has unveiled its latest 3D printing endeavour: an ultra-detailed and realistic miniature kitchen "simulation model."

Perhaps most impressive about the tiny 3D printed kitchen is that it was made using a variety of 3D printing processes, including FDM, SLA, SLS, and Inkjet. The different additive manufacturing technologies were used to create different parts of the kitchen, such as its counter, sink, faucets, etc.

While id.arts has not divulged if the project was for a specific client, it seems likely that the kitchen model was created as an example of what the design firm can do in terms of architectural or interior design simulations.

3D printing has been used in the past to create detailed architectural models, but I can’t say I’ve seen anything quite as detailed and realistic looking as this mini kitchen before.

The design firm says that it had to overcome challenges of printing board-shaped parts for the tabletop, door, and counter. Typically, such 3D printed shapes can be ruined by warping or shrinkage. “At id.arts, we have used our unique know-how to drastically decrease warping and distortion,” it explains.

The 3D printed kitchen model, reportedly made at 1:10 scale, is also accompanied by a set of 3D printed miniature furniture and 2D printed flooring. All these components are meant to give the client the chance to fully recreate the kitchen space to optimize the interior design and flow of the space.

id.arts says that for the tabletops and counters in the model, selective laser sintering (SLS) was used. The SLS process uses a laser to sinter a bed of nylon powder, building an object up layer by layer. Using this method, the id.arts team says it was able to print objects longer than 30 cm with barely any warping or distortion.

The faucet fixtures, which required a high degree of detail, were printed using Formlabs’ Form 2 SLA 3D printer. Once printed the tiny fixtures were then plated for the final effect. The furniture pieces were made using a combination of 3D printing processes.

“For many years, id.arts has been researching techniques to apply 3D data as an effective asset. We have been working on several developments for major Japanese home and building material manufacturers. The 3D print kitchen model we are introducing here is one of those developments,” said the company in a press release.

Currently, id.arts is working in partnership with a number of kitchen manufacturers and architecture firms to develop new and innovative 3D printing solutions. This model demonstrates the high-definition and precise 3D printing capacity that the design company is capable of.

It adds: “We also develop and offer manufacturers not only 3D print models, but also useful accessories made with 3D print technology, such as small interior items, decorations, and joinery.”



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