Replique & Siena Garden: 3D printed spare parts for outdoor furniture
It has become a reality: your beloved piece of furniture will wear out or break, but no replacement parts are available on request from the manufacturer. Annoying when it would then be necessary to replace all the furniture, which is not good for the environment or for your wallet. That is why the German garden furniture company Siena Garden set out to find a solution to this conundrum. Soon, the spare parts of the 3D printer will be integrated into the after-sales service. To do this, Siena Garden receives operational support from Replique, a digital platform with which 3D printed parts can be manufactured on demand. The joint venture aims to extend the life of outdoor furniture by allowing wear parts subject to wear such as gaskets or end caps to be ordered as required. Customers should have the option of repairing their furniture, which not only saves money, but also provides an environmentally friendly alternative to replacement.
Replique is a company founded by former members of the BASF incubator, with the idea of digitizing spare parts and producing them on demand so that they are available anytime and anywhere. The company has previously partnered with home appliance maker Meile for the distribution of 3D printed accessories using Replique’s digital inventory system. Now, Siena Garden also wants to integrate the advantages of 3D printing for the production of spare parts for furniture in its after-sales activity.
Digital spare parts inventory
Siena Garden is one of the market leaders in the sale of garden tools and outdoor furniture. With the sustainable development initiative “mission less for more”, the company aims to include environmental and social standards in its business philosophy. Since July 2021, these initiatives also include the use of 3D printing in various projects. For example, the company indicates on its website that it has already produced the first spare part for garden furniture from the 3D printer with the münsterLAND digital hub in order to complete the exhibition of a retailer and d ” increase its lifespan.
The partnership has already produced the first 14 spare parts, which can be ordered on demand in the Siena Garden online store. Depending on furniture sales, these are critical components such as footrests, connecting parts or moving parts. Replique supports Siena Garden in the evaluation of suitable spare parts and ensures that a digital twin is made based on technical drawings. As soon as a part is ordered, it is manufactured additively by the Replique network. Different polymers can be used as the materials, especially those which are also suitable for outdoor use and can withstand UV rays and moisture.
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Cover photo credit: Siena Garden