Nylon SLS prints of 2 part flat printed components

This project for a 3D printed bird’s nesting box was developed in collaboration with design firm Saint H.

In an effort to reduce the cost of producing an object of the volume of a standard bird’s nesting box, we attempted to break the form down in to the minimum number of flat pack elements.

By exploiting the flexible properties of the of the Nylon SLS material in sheet and corrugated form, we have been able to achieve the same finished form but at a fraction of the cost.

The design of the assembly mechanism also makes it fun and satisfying to put together and means that there is still some nice human engagement in the making process

What this demonstrates is that you do not have to 3D print your object in its finished form. With a little effort it is possible to design and print components that then transform to produce the desired object.