May 08, 2012      

Tables and chairs for casual dining represent an $8 billion slice of the more than $96 billion annually in retail sales of furniture and home furnishings. A Dutch inventor named Dirk Vander Kooij believes that his 3D printing robot that prints out tables and chairs ?from recycled materials, no less? has more than a passing chance to impact that industry in a very big way.

For months now, Vander Kooij and his 30-year-old retrofitted FANUC robot have been 3D printing tables and chairs that are s...

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