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Design of the Week: 3D Printed Bathtub

Design of the Week: 3D Printed Bathtub

A fabulous 3D printed bathtub by Sandhelden [Source: Fabbaloo]

A fabulous 3D printed bathtub by Sandhelden [Source: Fabbaloo]

This week’s selection is the beautiful 3D printed bathtub by designer Sebastian Hermann.

Hermann is part of Sandhelden GmbH, a design firm specializing in utilizing 3D printing as a medium for their visions. They say:

“Three things particularly inspired us when we decided to become Sandhelden: our passion for good design, our knowledge of the infinite technical and aesthetic possibilities of 3D printing, and the lack of understanding for the absolute feel-good area in the house - the bathroom - only standard mass produced was offered. We wanted to change that. Sustainable, of the highest quality and unique, made of a raw material whose versatile formability is as fascinating as its processability to astonishingly noble material: sand.

The idea of making sand baths that are as individual as your personality and design preferences has now become a reality. Elegant, functional and only following your wishes.”

Sandhelden is a good name for this company, as it translates from German to English as “Sand Heroes”, something they definitely seem to be.

Detail of a 3D printed bathtub by Sandhelden [Source: Fabbaloo]

Detail of a 3D printed bathtub by Sandhelden [Source: Fabbaloo]

We spoke with them recently and found that they formed only four years ago and are based in Munich. They operate as a service provider, creating unusual designs and having them 3D printed on ExOne equipment. After printing they employ their specialized talents to post-process the raw prints, including infiltration with special resins, sanding and coating, which resists scratches and provides much greater strength. This transforms them into the incredible objects seen here.

Along with their tub, the company has produced many other amazing 3D printed designs, including this stagger-leveled sink:

A highly unusual design for a 3D printed sink by Sandhelden [Source: Fabbaloo]

A highly unusual design for a 3D printed sink by Sandhelden [Source: Fabbaloo]

Or this more conventional sink:

A beautiful design for a 3D printed sink by Sandhelden [Source: Fabbaloo]

A beautiful design for a 3D printed sink by Sandhelden [Source: Fabbaloo]

And we could not forget their skull design:

A 3D printed skull by Sandhelden [Source: Fabbaloo]

A 3D printed skull by Sandhelden [Source: Fabbaloo]

The company seems to operate on a custom design basis, so if you have an unusual design in mind, or just want to get one, I would not hesitate to contact these imaginative sand heroes.

Via Sandhelden (Deutsch)

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