Geometric 3D printed furniture could bring an alien touch to your home
Designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram used 3D modelling techniques to create unique, asymmetrical furniture that looks like it wouldn't be out of place in H.R. Giger's house (if he shopped at Ikea).
Because of the weird shapes formed by the different branches of the legs, the computer programme was needed to sort out whether or not the legs would be able to support the weight of the table tops; the angles were altered to make sure they could. The results, as you can see, are pretty striking.
The finished designs were printed using powdered aluminium, then painted to show the various forces at work on the joints (yellow areas represents joints most under stress.)