It might not be too far away from now that you’ll be able to buy 3d printed decor items from your local IKEA. The brand is testing out its new, futuristic line of decor accessories, called FLAMTRÄD, in Germany. It is comprised of 3D printed lattice works.
These works make up forms that look like human heads and hands that comprise of different poses, some of which can be used as jewelry storage.
As of now, the collection is only available in Germany and will be rolled out throughout January 2022. The price of the line ranges from 30 euros to 50 euros, which comes out to about $34 to $57 USD. While these prices are not sky-high, they are definitely pricier than normal IKEA items that most people are used to.
The price is still within a reasonable range because IKEA is able to get into the 3D printing world, being a major corporation and all. This is the first of the major retailers that has gotten into 3D art pieces to bring to the mainstream market.
Once the brand has evaluated how the FLAMTRÄD line has fared in Germany, it plans to expand it to other areas in Europe.
This is just the first of 3D products IKEA plans to pursue. The company partnered with Access Israel and Milbat, two non-profit organizations, in order to plan and develop 3D printable plans for tools that can be used with IKEA products in order to help people with special needs and mobility issues.
These include specialized handles, a pen holder, and pieces to print that help stabilizing straws in cups. These new plans are available on ThisAbles, an online database.
3D printing seems like a natural next step for IKEA, who pride themselves on easy to assemble furniture.