Consumer ProductsFurnitureMakers

IKEA’s ThisAbles 3D printed add-ons make furniture more accessible

Stay up to date with everything that is happening in the wonderful world of AM via our LinkedIn community.

Swedish furniture giant IKEA has recognized the benefits of 3D printing, launching limited 3D printed collections and exploring the technology with partners such as UNYQ. Most recently, the company released a series of DIY 3D printed add-ons to make its existing products more accessible to those with special needs.

The project, called ThisAbles, was recently launched by IKEA Israel in an effort to make the company’s iconic home furnishings more easily accessible to people with physical disabilities. The product series consists of add-ons like easy handles, mega switches, glass bumpers, friendly zippers, curtain grippers and more, which can all be downloaded as 3D printable files and printed at home or through a service.

IKEA ThisAbles

The products address a range of special needs cases, including limited hand functions, mobility issues and visual impairments. With all levels of accessibility in mind, all the 3D printable files are free to download. Each product is accompanied by a list of compatible products.

The company writes: “As part of IKEA’s vision to ‘create a better everyday life for as many people as possible,’ we joined forces with the non-profit organizations Milbat and Access Israel, that specialize in creating special solutions for populations with special needs and disabilities, and developed a new and revolutionary line of products that bridge some of the gaps between existing IKEA products and the special needs of people belonging to these populations.”

Even the online ThisAbles platform, where people can select and download the printable files, was designed to be as accessible as possible. Presently, there are 13 printable models available that can make a broad range of existing IKEA products easier to use and engage with. It also seems like the company intends to design and release more products in the ThisAbles range. Any customers with a specific accessibility request are also welcome to submit their ideas to IKEA.

Research 2021
Ceramic AM Market Opportunities and Trends

This market study from 3dpbm Research provides an in-depth analysis and forecast of the ceramic additive ma...

Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

Related Articles

Back to top button

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By agreeing you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.

Privacy Settings saved!
Privacy Settings

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Control your personal Cookie Services here.

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
  • PHPSESSID
  • wordpress_test_cookie
  • wordpress_logged_in_
  • wordpress_sec

Decline all Services
Accept all Services

STAY AHEAD

OF THE CURVE

Join industry leaders and receive the latest insights on what really matters in AM!

This information will never be shared with 3rd parties

I’ve read and accept the privacy policy.*

WELCOME ON BOARD!