'ThisAbles' from IKEA Transforms Furniture with 3D Printing

 - Mar 12, 2019
References: thisables & fastcompany
While there are building codes in place that mandate accessible architecture and interior design, people with disabilities are underserved when it comes to furniture design—IKEA Israel is out to change this with 'ThisAbles.'

For years, inventive people have been "hacking" IKEA furniture pieces for a variety of functional and aesthetic purposes. Just last year, IKEA launched its first hacking-inspired furniture collection inspired by this consumer behavior. In this same vein, IKEA is introducing ThisAbles as a way for people to modify some of its most popular products for greater accessibility.

ThisAbles projects are shared online for free and require 3D-printed components. Examples include the Easy Handle, which can be added to the doors on IKEA's PAX wardrobes, or the Mega Switch, which provides a larger surface area for turning on or off a light.