This Week in Tech: IKEA Increases the Accessibility of Its Furniture Through 3D Printing - NBWW | Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe
Plus, a new augmented reality tool from Morpholio, our in-depth Q+A with Katerra co-founder Michael Marks, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane Known for its sleek and modern designs, Scandinavian furniture manufacturer IKEA is partnering with Israeli nonprofits Milbat and Access Israel to develop accessories that make its products more accessible for people with disabilities. As part of a campaign called This Ables, the team has published design files for 13 different interventions that users can download, 3D print, and install in their homes. Examples include a bumper to protect dresser glass panes in case of collision, an oversized lamp button that eliminates the need for precise finger movements for small on/off switches, and couch lifts that help users to get up and sit down easier. [This Ables] A team from from Boston University has developed a 3D printed acoustic metamaterial that can block 94 percent of sound but still allows for the passage of air in open spaces. “Our structure is super lightweight, open, and beautiful,” explain researchers Reza Ghaffarivardavagh and Xin Zhang. “Each piece could be used as a tile or brick to scale up and build a sound-canceling, permeable wall.” [Boston University] Read the full story HERE >>> Source: https://www.architectmagazine.com/technology/this-week-in-tech-ikea-increases-the-accessibility-of-its-furniture-through-3d-printing_o