Exploring Sustainable Design: An In-depth Look at LOOPS 3D Printed Tables


From the world of sustainable and creative 3D printed designs, Czech designer Martin Žampach unveils his newest innovative 3D printed collection – LOOPS. Teaming up with several designers who have been exploring 3D printed expression in art, fashion and furniture, LOOPS brings the idea of additive manufacturing on board and integrates aspects of sustainability and recycled materials into its design and construction, akin to what we’ve seen with different materials like ocean plastics or sawdust. What sets the LOOPS coffee table collection apart is the union of two distinct materials that make up the base and the tabletop.

True enough, these 3D printed coffee tables are the perfect match for your 3D printed chairs! Nevertheless, the materials’ unique form and composition signify more than just style and function. For this project, Žampach’s main focus was on sustainability and freedom. The latter is embodied by the artist’s decision to manufacture the table bases using an industrial robotic 3D printer, which applies a robotic arm to mold the material into the planned shape. The large scale of such an industrial machine enables more fluid forms to be printed in single shapes without interruptions or seams.

The second facet, sustainability, is accomplished via the designer’s utilization of sustainable and recycled materials. As mentioned earlier, the tabletops are not 3D printed, instead they are the outcome of a collaboration with a Czech company, Plastic Guys. Plastic Guys takes recycled plastic and repurposes the material into a variety of forms and objects. The outcome is a strikingly attractive surface that ranges in several colors from white, gold, and black, with swirls of secondary color and texture concealed within.

The 3D printed base is familiar with sustainability. The extrusion process uses materials that contain cellulose from responsible forestry. With an industrial 3D printer, the range of materials for use or incorporation into construction is widened considerably. Eventually, the base is printed using a layer-by-layer, loop by loop technique into geometric patterns that “literally grow in front of your eyes” during the printing process. Žampach expressed the importance of using materials that show his respect for nature and at the same time, minimize negative impacts as much as possible.

The outcome is a variety of tables available for purchase. These tables differ in base shapes, tabletop colors, and height levels, thereby providing a unique assortment of customizable creations. The complete LOOPS collection can be viewed on Martin Žampach’s website, where you can also find past collections of 3D printed vases.

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