Design Team Uses 3D Printed Parts Piggybacking On Existing Products

According to a Japanese design studio, their TAKT Project is a prediction of a future where mass-produced products and 3D printed parts are brought together by consumers to create a new, hyper-individualized reality for the home.

Satoshi Yoshiizumi, one of principles involved in the TAKT Project, says he and his team illustrated the concept using home goods from Muji as the cornerstones of the concept by combining those items with 3D printing technology.

Sets of legs to make various storage items modular and a basic Muji alarm clock turned into a sort of personalized clock lamp are an evocation of the idea.

“With this unique leg, a simple and tasteless Muji clock has turned out to be an anthropomorphized and humorous product,” said Yoshiizumi.

Still ahead for the project is a plan to create a web-based platform which would include basic products from multiple brands to use as starting points for 3D printed flights of design fancy.

While the project borders on conceptual art at the expense of the practical, the idea of using low-cost tools, design software and additive technology to radically re-think consumerism may well be a harbinger of a new interior decoration paradigm.

And the idea isn’t just aimed at design professionals.

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“Muji products are easy to find in all over the world, they have a minimal, noiseless design,” Yoshiizumi said. “We thought Muji products were the most suitable example to express our propose of this project. By choosing Muji products as a material, anyone can prepare them easily, and by sharing our 3D data, anyone can replicate this project anywhere in the world.”

It’s a sort of Dollar Store Item on Steroids idea, and the founders of the project see real possibilities for it to take hold in the future as 3D printing technology becomes ubiquitous in the home.

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“There are so many more possibilities in other manufacturers, not just Muji,” Yoshiizumi says. “We think products from a typical Japanese 100 Yen Shop have massive potential as a (base) material. Just like ‘Sampling Techniques’ in the music industry have created something new by ‘quoting’ tracks or sounds in the past, creating an original product by adding ‘own made parts’ while quoting ready-made products can incubate a new kind of customizing for the 3D printer generation.”

Yoshiizumi adds that he sees goods in stores not so much as completed articles, but as ‘semifinished product’ which will someday exist in an intermediate region where the connection between ‘consumer’ and ‘manufacturer’ is a fluid dynamic and not a choice made by one or the other.