The future of furniture making is here, and it's 3D printing! Students in the Tech Arts 3D Printing class recently had the opportunity to visit Model No., a furniture fabrication shop located in Oakland, California. Model No. is at the forefront of the 3D printing revolution, creating stunning, sustainable furniture pieces using compostable materials.
Upon arrival at the shop, the students were greeted by the founder and CEO, who led them on a tour of the facility. They were shown the different 3D printing machines used to create everything from chairs to tables. The students were amazed at the intricate designs and the level of detail that could be achieved through 3D printing.
Model No. is unique in that they use compostable materials in their furniture pieces. They explained that traditional furniture materials, such as plastic and wood, are not sustainable and often end up in landfills. Model No. uses materials that are made from biodegradable plant-based polymers. These materials can be composted at the end of their lifecycle, reducing waste and helping the environment.
The students were impressed by the environmental consciousness of Model No. and asked many questions about how the materials were sourced and the composting process. They were also excited to learn about the different types of materials that could be used in 3D printing and how they could be used to create unique designs.
After the tour, the students had the opportunity to try their hand at 3D printing. They were given a brief introduction to the software used to create designs and were able to create their own small 3D printed objects. The students were thrilled to see their designs come to life and gained a new appreciation for the process of 3D printing.
Overall, the field trip to Model No. was a great success. The students were able to see firsthand how 3D printing can be used in furniture fabrication and how sustainable materials can be used to create beautiful pieces. It was an eye-opening experience that will surely inspire the students to continue exploring the possibilities of 3D printing and sustainable design.
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Students in the Tech Arts 3D Printing class visit Model No., a furniture fabrication shop located in Oakland, California
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