How 3D Printing Will Change the Future of Home Improvement Projects

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

How 3D Printing Will Change the Future of Home Improvement Projects

3D Printing

3D printing promises to give homeowners a way to design customized items for their home, from replacement parts to accessories, to much more. The technology is already available for many applications and has already been rolled out in some home improvement centres. 

With the rise of 3D printing, homeowners’ redesign ideas are as boundless as their imagination. Not only is this technology completely customizable, it’s also incredibly affordable, making most improvements accessible on any budget. That’s why the folks at Home Improvement Leads are excited to see that the future of home renovation projects is all about doing it yourself and empowering homeowners to have more control over their homes.

Replacement Parts

Things break or get lost, and it’s just a part of life. But it’s frustrating to find the perfect replacement piece, especially for antique hardware or discontinued appliances. Many of these items, though, can now be designed and manufactured at home, allowing home improvement projects to be completed faster and less expensively.

3D Printed Vase

Personalized Accessories

You can tell a lot about a person by their home, which is why homeowners dedicate so much thought, time, and money into creating their dream space. 3D printing now gives homeowners the opportunity to easily do just that. With the use of a 3D printing pen, anyone can build an abstract art piece for their wall or a monogrammed picture frame for their wedding photo. Home accessories don’t end there, though! Anything from T-Rex showerheads to R2D2 drawer pulls are possible, making it that much easier for a homeowner to put their own personal touches on their home that were simply unattainable in years past.

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Professional Guidance

Home improvement stores have caught on to this trend and are looking for ways to meet their customers’ new demands. Lowe's Innovation Labs are fantastic for those homeowners who want to personalize their space, but don’t have the knowledge base or materials to do so on their own. With the touch of a screen, someone can manufacture customized door knobs, address plates, light switch plates, and more. Once these mock ups have been 3D printed, they are shipped off to a manufacturer who constructs them in whatever material the homeowner has chosen.

Open Source Design Plans

For those who are less creatively inclined, coming up with home improvement ideas can be daunting. Thanks to open source technology sites like Thingiverse, though, anyone can find plans for home accessories, furniture, and more that can be 3D printed at a local store.

Many in the industry think that in the not too distant future, entire homes will be manufactured solely by 3D printed materials. Until that day arrives, there is plenty that a homeowner can do to personalize their space with the help of this amazing technology.

By Courtni Wisenbaker-ScheelEmbed

Author Bio - Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel is a freelance writer, mother of two, a lover of all things Danish modern and a 3D printing enthusiast.


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