Wider access to the technology gives luxury shoppers and manufacturers more choices.
Push a button and out pops a toothpaste-tube clamp or a Steampunk-inspired birdhouse. That is the promise of 3-D printing, a 30-year-old technology that has gained ground with home-furnishing designers and manufacturers in recent years as printers have become more accessible and versatile.
The relatively quick and inexpensive printing process lets designers create products on-demand, which allows for instant customization and cuts the cost of experimenting with new designs.
For homeowners, that means a seemingly limitless new frontier in home decor that can be quirky or refined.