DIY. Miele offers free 3D print templates for accessories
Processes based on 3D printing have been routine in industry for a long while now. The technology is enjoying growing popularity in households too. Miele, the premium household appliance manufacturer, is the world’s first company in its industry to offer a series of 3D printable accessories, called 3D4U. The series is starting with data for ten objects in the categories of kitchen aids, vacuum cleaners and DIY, now available to download free of charge on the Thingiverse platform. The templates include, for instance, a borehole cleaning aid whose design was optimised for airflow by computer simulation. When attached to a vacuum’s handpiece, the aid secures itself to the wall and ensures that the user can keep both hands free for using a drill. Some models can be personalised with individual patterns and settings. “With 3D4U, we want to offer our customers added value and realise ideas that we were previously unable to cover with our extensive accessory portfolio,” says David Buhl, head of the 3D4U project at the Miele plant in Bielefeld, Germany. According to Miele, each 3D4U accessory contains a description of the recommended print settings and has been tested for workability with a fused-layer modelling printer.