3D printing our built environment is a hot topic, especially in the construction industry, where this technology will someday lead to major advances in the way we do business. We’ve posted about the technology of 3D printed buildings before, but with much more intricate results, this hardly seems like the same technology.
Swiss architects Hansmeyer and Dillenburger are the brains behind the beauty of what they call “Digital Grotesque.” A 170 sq ft room contains the digitally grotesque, impossibly intricate surface geometry, which was designed by computer algorithms. The resulting geometries were printed by injecting a hardening resin into sand, one 0.13 mm high layer at a time.
“The room contains 260 million surfaces printed at a resolution of a tenth of a millimeter. The 11-ton room took a month to print but only a day to assemble. The fabrication methods the duo used to print the room will, they believe, open the door to printing architecture, freeing architects to create new unimaginable buildings and also restore old ones.”
Imagine the possibilities!