Replique 3D prints furniture spare parts

The German company Replique, which has developed a secure 3D printing network, has teamed up with Siena Garden, a brand of garden furniture from H. Gautzsch Firmengruppe, to offer customers spare parts over the entire lifespan of a product.

Replique has so far introduced 14 3D-printed spare parts for the Sienna Garden’s furniture.

The spare parts in question are mostly things like foot caps or joints, which break or just wear out, so that the entire furniture item has to be replaced. But now Sienna Garden has added all these items to its online spare parts portal. The parts are stored digitally with end-to-end encryption and 3D-printed on-demand by a production partner from Replique’s network. The components are made of different polymers that are particularly suitable for outdoor use to optimally withstand UV radiation and moisture. 

This is a good fit for Replique’s business model, which is essentially using a network of 3D-printing service bureaux to offer partners the ability to have spare parts printed on-demand as an alternative to keeping warehouses full of inventory. It is more expensive to print one-off parts but the savings on warehouse costs are potentially much greater. This is the same business model behind digital book printing, and has exactly the same advantages. The parts are never out of stock, no matter how old the original product is. In addition, the parts can be printed in a location closest to the customer so there’s also a cost and environmental saving on transport.

Replique has developed a systematic onboarding process, which includes the selection of suitable spare parts, digital conversion of technical drawings, as well as technology and material selection to check for commercial viability and long-term performance of the printed parts. In addition, production parameters are fixed and monitored in this process.

Peter Benthues, chief digital officer for H. Gautzsch Firmengruppe, confirms: “Replique was able to not only translate our 3D printing requirements, but also implement them on the spot.” 

Benthues says that customers are looking for more sustainable and repairable products, adding: “This is also seen in recent efforts such as the right-to-repair regulations. Siena Garden wants to go one step further here. This is the claim of the brand: more care, at a better price.”

You can find more information on this business model from replique.io and on the garden furniture here, though this website is in German.


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