‘Daily utility’: that’s what the desktop 3D printing market needs more of before widespread adoption of the technology will take place. Don’t get me wrong, I love my 3D printer, and I do in fact use it to print all kinds of useful parts and components. My toilet broke yesterday, a tiny clamp needed to hold a hose in place inside, and within 35 minutes I had a new, 3D printed clamp. With that said, the majority of items people are printing on their MakerBots and similar machines are geared more toward hobbyists, model makers, and collectors. As the market expands, and designers continue to innovate, this will gradually change.
A graphic designer based in Milano, Italy is already discovering the usefulness of his 3D printer. Pietro Corraini, author of How to Break the Rules of Brand Design in 10+8 Easy Exercises, is a father of two. Recently he was left without a solution to a major problem. His 2-year-old daughter, Stella, had been bringing him tiny little flowers that she had picked at the park and by the roadside.
“She was giving them to me as a gift and I was always sad because I didn’t have a place to hold them and keep them alive,” Corraini told 3DPrint.com.
Because of the incredibly small size of these flowers, there was no way that they would fit in a normal sized vase. Even using drinking glasses as makeshift vases was out of the question because their depth would have hidden, or even drowned the delicate beauties. Corraini happened to have a Sharebot 3D printer from work, which sparked the bright idea to make custom vases for these precious little gifts that his daughter had been providing him.
Using his design background, he modeled tiny vases which would fit the flowers he received perfectly. Because of the small structure of the objects, as well as the fact that they were hollow in the inside, the vases were printed out in no time. Being a graphic designer, Corraini decided to be a little artistic, as he explained to us below:
“We decided to take pictures combining the still life of the flowers with small, yet unappreciated everyday objects which are just as important as the tiny flowers, which in turn are just as important as larger flowers.”
Corraini named the pieces ‘Trapulin’ which means ‘small useless object’ in the Milanese dialect, and has made the 3D printable models available online for all to print. He is just waiting for another creative project to come to mind in which he can use his design skill along with 3D printing to tackle.
Let’s hear your thoughts on these tiny little vases. Will you be printing any? Discuss in the 3D Printed Tiny Vase forum thread on 3DPB.com.