BENKL

BENKL is our first 3D printed furniture piece. Our goal was to design an object that can speak for itself, an object people will recognize to be uniquely designed for 3D printing technologies.

DESIGNED WITH 3D PRINTING


As the integration of 3D printing technologies into the design world is becoming increasingly common, in most cases it is replacing traditional techniques as a primary method of fabrication. We wanted to take this idea one step further and look into the endless possibilities that these technologies offer. What would happen if we use 3D printing as a design tool rather than as a fabrication method?

Normally we design an object and then we look for a way to fabricate it. In the case of BENKL, the process was different: first we analyzed the limitations of large scale 3D printing machines and then designed an object that can take these restrictions and transform them into an integral part of the design. We wanted to achieve a design that can speak for itself, an object people will recognize to be uniquely designed for 3D printing technologies.

CONTINUOUS CURVES


Although there are different big-scale 3D printing technologies, FDM is still the most affordable one. FDM stands for Fused Deposition Modeling and is an additive manufacturing process from the material extrusion family: the object is built by selectively depositing melted material in a pre-determined path, layer-by-layer.

In order to avoid the use of support structures, which are essential for overhanging geometries, we designed a smooth, continuous and fluid shape that does not contain extreme angles. The fluidity of the shape forms all functional parts of the stool and creates a “one piece object” that does not require any support structure to be 3D printed. To reduce the printing time and in order to create an attractive pattern on the final piece, we decided to work with a 6 mm nozzle. The thick 3D printed layers emphasize the fabrication technology used for BENKL and give it a unique look and texture.

CONTINUOUS CURVES


Although there are different big-scale 3D printing technologies, FDM is still the most affordable one. FDM stands for Fused Deposition Modeling and is an additive manufacturing process from the material extrusion family: the object is built by selectively depositing melted material in a pre-determined path, layer-by-layer.

In order to avoid the use of support structures, which are essential for overhanging geometries, we designed a smooth, continuous and fluid shape that does not contain extreme angles. The fluidity of the shape forms all functional parts of the stool and creates a “one piece object” that does not require any support structure to be 3D printed. To reduce the printing time and in order to create an attractive pattern on the final piece, we decided to work with a 6 mm nozzle. The thick 3D printed layers emphasize the fabrication technology used for BENKL and give it a unique look and texture.

THE PRODUCTION PROCESS


1. DIGITALLY DESIGNED

BENKL is digitally designed as a closed volume. For the fabrication, the contour of the stool is sliced horizontally to create the curves that dictate the 3D printing paths.

2. 3D PRINTED

The stool is 3D printed using a big scale FDM printer with a hollow “Vase”-mode technique using two layers next to each other that follow the contour curves. The printer is extruding melted material following flat curves and moving up every 6 mm until it reaches BENKL’s full height.

3. ONE PIECE OBJECT

The final piece is made by two printing layers (one interior and one exterior) with 140 layers of melted, recycled ABS material. The result is a smooth and fluid one-piece design with a unique 3D printed texture.

3D Visualitzation cortesy of IZI STUDIO

UNIQUE & MADE TO ORDER


Every BENKL is uniquely 3D printed just for its owner. Would you like to see BENKL in person or order it for your home, store or office? Please fill in the form and we will get in touch with you shortly.

Co-founder & CEO Markus Schaffer

UNIQUE & MADE TO ORDER


BENKL is 3D printed based on a made to order approach. If you would like to see BENKL in person, or order one for yourself, please fill the Formular here and we will get in touch with all the details

Co-founder & CEO Markus Schaffer