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Designers create SuperMod, a 3D printed, fully-customizable modular wall system using Makerbot
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By Simon | 3Ders

Of all of the wonderful things that 3D printers have provided us with, creating large-scale objects for the home hasn’t necessarily been one of the technology’s strong suits. For one, the use of plastic as a decor item has never really been high up on most interior decorators' list of items to display. Secondly, the cost of creating the objects might be exorbitantly more expensive than just purchasing an object made by more traditional manufacturing methods including handmade or slip casting, depending on the object in question.

However, a couple of designers want to break that mold by creating desirable, modern and most importantly - functional - objects that are customizable to any home environment.

The designers, Sebastian Misiurek and Arianna Lebed of Simplus Design, have designed and fabricated what they are calling SuperMod, a 3D printed wall organization system that balances aesthetics with function. Due to its method of fabrication, it is also theoretically fully-customizable for a variety of color and size combinations depending on the final application.

"The wall fluctuates between different sized modules to accommodate various types of storage needs, making it an ideal place for your favorite books, plants, spirits and more," said the designers.

"The wall makes an excellent partition, that can divide space or stand on it’s own to enhance it. Individual modules can be detached and swapped out to create more or less porosity and achieve different levels of visibility through the piece."

This wasn’t the first time that the designers have experimented with 3D printed objects for home interiors, either. At their Brooklyn, New York studio, the Misiurek and Lebed have been focusing the bulk of their efforts on creating digitally-designed goods ranging from 3D printed furniture and jewelry to housewares using parametric 3D modeling software.

The SuperMod was developed during a residency at Bold Machines,the Innovation Workshop at Stratasys, which is also located in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn-based 3D printing and business accelerator is run by former MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis and is focused on the intersection of additive manufacturing technology and innovation. So far, Bold Machines has been a playground for artists, architects, designers and even filmmakers to further develop their ideas on the facility’s many 3D printers including all types of MakerBot 3D printers.

To create their large-scale units that make up the entirety of the SuperMod modular design, Misiurek and Lebed used MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printers, which allowed their final pieces to be printed as large as 22 inches tall.

Aside from being a great example of how great ideas can come to life quickly thanks to additive manufacturing technologies, the SuperMod is a great example of how 3D printing can fit into the home environment in a way that isn’t too obstructive - materially speaking. The combination of opaque white and semi-translucent red plastics allow for an interesting lighting effect that most certainly adds a bit of interest to a room’s environment on a sunny day.

As for what’s next for the SuperMod, Misiurek and Lebed will be presenting on the design and how they used 3D printing to bring it to life at the upcoming Inside 3D Printing Show, which will be held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City between April 15th and 17th. The SuperMod will also be on display at the MakerBot booth during the entirety of the show alongside the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printer model that was used to produce the design.

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