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About

TOMO is a design studio focused on living up to the promise of 3D printing: museum-quality home goods at the push of a button. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, our studio designs products that can be printed by anyone with a well-tuned 3D printer. Our work is motivated by three principles. 

 

Usability

We begin our design process by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of similar products already in market. Design thinking then informs the creation of prototypes that are repeatedly user tested. This enhances product comfort, durability, and ease of use. 

3D-printing-first

Each of our products is designed to be 3D printed with standard-issue FDM printers, filaments, and slicers. Support material is seldom needed, and little to no assembly is required. We make dozens of prototypes so you only have to print one.  

 

Timeliness

TOMO products exploit the latest developments in 3D printing, such as compliant mechanisms, metamaterials, and auxetics. Our work is likewise informed by an appreciation for the fine arts tradition, spanning from antiquity to the present day.

 

For those who wonder how all these principles can be embodied in one product, we document our build process in an ongoing miniseries, The Outrageous Making Of

To take advantage of these capabilities for your own projects, we encourage you to contact us. 

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