3D Printing is at the core of all Honest Union products. Beginning in the 1980's, 3D printing is the process of making a three dimensional object from a digital file. The 3D printed object is created by laying down successive layers of material. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. The 3D printed components seen in all of Honest Union's products are designed and visualized in CAD software and typically take 3-12 hours to print. Each product goes through a thoughtful prototype process before joining the Honest Union line.
The 3D printed material Honest Union utilizes is a biodegradable plastic called polylactic acid or PLA. It is derived from renewable sources such as corn, tapioca roots, and sugarcane. PLA is non toxic and extremely robust. It is often used in food handling and medical implants that biodegrade within the body over time.
Honest Union proudly partners with MakerGear, a local 3D printing manufacturer. MakerGear's printers are built by hand in their studio in Beachwood, Ohio, with many of the components made within driving distance from the factory including the fabricated steel frame, steel parts and other components. Honest Union utilizes the M2 model.
The steel featured in several of Honest Union products is reclaimed from regional tank manufacturing. Despite not meeting strict standards to hold explosive gas, the metal makes a nice addition to the tops of our accent tables and platform stands.