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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

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16 January 2019

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This 3D-printed steel bridge will be installed over an Amsterdam canal

Currently on display at Dutch Design Week

Throughout his career, Dutch designer Joris Laarman has pushed the boundaries of what’s possible with a 3D printer. Best known for his Bone Chair, Laarman is a pro experimenter with process and form.

Since 2015, Laarman has been working on his most ambitious project yet—a 40-foot 3D-printed steel bridge that will span an Amsterdam canal. Now, nearly four years after he started the project, the bridge is fully printed and ready to install.

Steel bridge on displayPhoto by Adriaan de Groot via Dezeen

Working with his 3D printing company, MX3D, Laarman and his team designed a six-axis robot capable of 3D printing a swooping load-bearing structure from molten steel. The bridge itself is an impressive feat of technology, starting with its complex form, which was printed in chunks before being welded together.

3D printed steel bridgePhoto by Adriaan de Groot via Dezeen

It’s also embedded with sensors that can collect data around the bridge’s health. In real time, the bridge can measure strain and vibration as well as the number of people who walk over it and how quickly. MX3D says it’s using this first bridge as a way to collect data that will inform future bridge designs. The...


Currently on display at Dutch Design Week

Throughout his career, Dutch designer Joris Laarman has pushed the boundaries of what’s possible with a 3D printer. Best known for his Bone Chair, Laarman is a pro experimenter with process and form.

Since 2015, Laarman has been working on his most ambitious project yet—a 40-foot 3D-printed steel bridge that will span an Amsterdam canal. Now, nearly four years after he started the project, the bridge is fully printed and ready to install.

Steel bridge on displayPhoto by Adriaan de Groot via Dezeen

Working with his 3D printing company, MX3D, Laarman and his team designed a six-axis robot capable of 3D printing a swooping load-bearing structure from molten steel. The bridge itself is an impressive feat of technology, starting with its complex form, which was printed in chunks before being welded together.

3D printed steel bridgePhoto by Adriaan de Groot via Dezeen

It’s also embedded with sensors that can collect data around the bridge’s health. In real time, the bridge can measure strain and vibration as well as the number of people who walk over it and how quickly. MX3D says it’s using this first bridge as a way to collect data that will inform future bridge designs. The team expects to install the bridge over the red light district’s Oudezijds Achterburgwal, currently undergoing renovations, by mid-2019.

The designers and engineers say the ultimate goal is to have robots that can someday autonomously build our infrastructure, tirelessly toiling away on site without the help of humans. But humans, don’t worry too much yet; like we’ve seen with many a robotic construction project, the robots still need our help—for now.

Via: Dezeen

Currently on display at Dutch Design Week

Throughout his career, Dutch designer Joris Laarman has pushed the boundaries of what’s possible with a 3D printer. Best known for his Bone Chair, Laarman is a pro experimenter with process and form.

Since 2015, Laarman has been working on his most ambitious project yet—a 40-foot 3D-printed steel bridge that will span an Amsterdam canal. Now, nearly four years after he started the project, the bridge is fully printed and ready to install.

Steel bridge on displayPhoto by Adriaan de Groot via Dezeen

Working with his 3D printing company, MX3D, Laarman and his team designed a six-axis robot capable of 3D printing a swooping load-bearing structure from molten steel. The bridge itself is an impressive feat of technology, starting with its complex form, which was printed in chunks before being welded together.

3D printed steel bridgePhoto by Adriaan de Groot via Dezeen

It’s also embedded with sensors that can collect data around the bridge’s health. In real time, the bridge can measure strain and vibration as well as the number of people who walk over it and how quickly. MX3D says it’s using this first bridge as a way to collect data that will inform future bridge designs. The team expects to install the bridge over the red light district’s Oudezijds Achterburgwal, currently undergoing renovations, by mid-2019.

The designers and engineers say the ultimate goal is to have robots that can someday autonomously build our infrastructure, tirelessly toiling away on site without the help of humans. But humans, don’t worry too much yet; like we’ve seen with many a robotic construction project, the robots still need our help—for now.

Via: Dezeen


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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.