Lazy Susans have proven their worth on the dinner table, so why not take the same concept to your wall? That appears to be the question put forth (and subsequently answered) by Zmorph, the makers of “the 3D printer for home, office, and school.” The Polish company has helped customer Eliza Wrobel develop a Ferris wheel bookshelf that claims to “make the shelves come to you.” Because sometimes, reaching is just such a chore.
Described as a “novelty item” that is “unique and useful at the same time,” the bookshelf is Wrobel’s one-of-a-kind 3D-printed invention. As per ZMorph’s blog, “Using her ZMorph 2.0 SX multitool 3D printer, a bunch of screws, and a 12V electric engine, [Wrobel] has built a Ferris wheel bookshelf that makes an original moving display, which can’t be bought in any store.”
So how did she do it? Apparently, Wrobel took full advantage of the wide range of capabilities offered by the Zmorph 3D printer, combining the printing, CNC milling, and laser engraving techniques. First, she created 6.5-mm thick CNC-cut plywood puzzle pieces, each of which was engraved with a laser, creating a “tiger-like dimensional pattern” when joined together. She then placed 20 plywood puzzles in concentric circles around the center mechanism. “They fit closely, while the wood filler placed beneath them additionally hardens the entire structure,” ZMorph noted in its blog.
She then took to 3D-printing the rest of the bookshelf, which included gold shelves, black counterweights, parts used in the center planetary gear mechanism, and the wall mounting. The various components were conjoined with screws, and all Wrobel had left to do was mount her Ferris wheel. “When the engine is turned on, the entire construction moves while the shelves keep a perfectly horizontal position thanks to their counterweights,” the company explained. “This unique decoration serves as a display cabinet for memorabilia but also allows the author to keep her stuff within hand’s reach.”
Of course, while Wrobel chose to highlight the versatility of the ZMorph by way of a carnival-ride-based shelving unit, the 3D-printing company notes that there’s no limit to the imaginative home decor products you might make with the right tools. So if you’ve been looking for that statement piece, maybe consider just making it yourself.