Completely custom 3d printed shelving system

14 Mar

Completely custom 3d printed shelving system

Currently in the process of building new homes, nowadays building shelves has become the most important part of interior decoration but getting the idea that will suit your needs relating to your shelves is really very difficult. The main reason behind this great confusion is the small space that we live in, its very difficult to find out a huge plce to suit your needs in fully developed cities. Building up proper shelve according to the space is very important which can utilize the space and can make the most of it.

Moidules are the brain child Milla Niskakoski, a Finnish design student currently working toward her master’s degree in product design in Seoul, South Korea. She apparently also has experienced the fright and terror of having to set up shelves in a closet…or bedroom…or garage…or anywhere else that requires custom storage.


“I’ve been always a very hands-on person in design and I love making stuff and DIY,” Niskakoski tells “If I can make it, I don’t need to buy it. That’s why many of my design projects originate from a personal need for something. That’s also how the Moidules project started. I live a tiny apartment in the city centre of Seoul and I wanted to design it as functional as possible to make it feel bigger and organised. I needed a very special sized shelf to make use of the space between the sink and the fridge. I could have just screwed some pieces of MDF together but I wanted to make it more interesting and got the idea of 3D-printable moidules.”

Luckily Niskakoski was already aware of 3D printing as she was a graduate student. She started printing ger first module and after creating several prototypes and designs she found out the perfect size which would work best according to her needs


“Firstly, as they have more surface to grab the boards you don’t really need any glue or screws to make the shelf sturdy,” Niskakoski tells us. “Secondly, I wanted to emphasize the 3D printed parts instead of trying to hide them. As interesting as it is to have your bookshelf 3D printed I wanted them to get the spotlight in the visuals of the assembled system.”

So far Niskakoski has created six different Moidules which are all free to download onThingiverse. These include a corner piece, side piece, middle piece, and 3 different leg pieces. They allow for anyone with a 3D printer or access to a 3D printer to create shelving that meets their exact needs.

“Modular shelving systems have been around for decades, so I’m not claiming that Moidules are a new groundbreaking design,” she explains. “But what is new in this is the way they are delivered to the final consumer. An ordinary bookshelf is first designed by a designer, then produced in a factory and shipped to a distribution centre. Next it’s shipped to the store which can be on the other side of the world. There, the final user finally buys the bookshelf and gets it delivered to their home. Sometimes the bookshelf might have traveled around the world before standing in your living room. This consumes a lot of natural resources. 3D printers allow us to skip all the shipping and jump directly from a designer to the final consumer. This is ground breaking and is the future of designer-consumer relationship.”

Moidules don't require any glue or screws to assemble them, they work quite nicely with both small and medium sized installations and it can also be used with MDF, plywood or other shelving materials. “I felt like Moidules were too good to keep for myself so I decided to share them with the rest of the world. I worked a bit on branding and images to make Moidules something more special and attractive,” she tells us. “I’m waiting to see pictures of assembled Moidules bookshelves from around the world, in new colours and new designs, and I hope other designers get inspired, create and share accessories and new types of Moidules to let the project I started [begin to] have a life of its own.”

Image Source:Thingiverse

Chris Joel (Author)

Completely custom 3d printed shelving system
Chris Joel is a writer at 3D Printers Online Store. Hailing from South London, he has a degree in English Literature. His interests include the application of 3D printing technology to art and its popularization.