3D Printed Communal Office Table

We joined forces with Apto Architects to design and produce a unique communal table for SADC’s new office building.

Apto Architects, known for their innovative designs, conceptualized the communal table. The challenge was to create not only a functional piece of furniture but also an aesthetically pleasing statement within a modern corporate environment. 

Design for Additive Manufacturing

Studio More Than Layers played a crucial role by not only managing the project but also translating the creative design into a 3D-printable model.

Our expertise ensured that the design was not only visually appealing but also technically feasible for production using advanced 3D printing technology. 

Carbon Storing Materials

The frame of the table is made of wood and then adorned with 3D-printed elements using Vibers material. Vibers is known for using a special and sustainable material in their bioplastics: elephant grass, also known as Miscanthus Giganteus. Elephant grass is a fast-growing, perennial grass species that naturally occurs in warmer climates but is also grown here in the Netherlands. It has some remarkable properties that make it an interesting and sustainable material:

  • Fast-growing: Elephant grass is known for its rapid growth rate. It can grow up to three meters high within one growing season, making it an efficient and renewable resource.
  • Sustainable: The crop requires minimal input of fertilizers and pesticides, making it an environmentally friendly choice. It can thrive on marginal land unsuitable for food production.
    CO2 absorption: During growth, elephant grass absorbs significant amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). This helps reduce the carbon footprint of products made from this material. The CO2 is therefore also stored in the 3D-printed objects, such as this design table.
  • Versatility: Vibers adds elephant grass fibers to bioplastics, and the material can be used in various products, including packaging materials, biocomposites, and other sustainable products.

The end product is more than a table; it’s a testament to creativity, sustainability, and advanced technology.

This exceptional 3D-printed table is sure to spark conversations within SADC’s offices, serving not only as a functional piece of furniture but also as proof of what’s possible when innovative minds work together. The table’s unique design and environmentally friendly materials reflect a forward-thinking approach, making it a remarkable addition to any space.

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