3D PRINTING A BUILIDNG
The marvel that is the creation of something, real and tangible, from nothing more than thought is rapidly becoming a reality in our brave new world. I dont think that the changes that this will bring about can be overstated. In the same way that television has profoundly altered the way we live and understand our world, the 3D printer will revolutionise the process of getting things.
Thero Jansen’s staggering 3D printed walking machine is an insight to a future world – it can walk off the printer untouched by human hands… is this a form of life? it cant reproduce itself within its own cycle so perhaps not – but it can be endlessly reproduced by a creator… sound familiar?
Even in its infancy the potential is vast and clear. Each and every house will have one of these devices. Online shopping will allow shoppers to purchase a key to a piece of 3D CAD code that will allow the purchaser to print out an item, any item, it may be a new spanner, a fluffy toy, a working device or even food.
As architects we live and breath 3D CAD code and model all our buildings in detail. It will be fascinating as the larger scale 3D printers emerge to start printing buildings, with robots to do the detail work.
a large scale 8mx8mx8m 3D printer can already lay out complex compound 3D cad forms full scale
Building too complex for typical construction techniques should be able to be printed – State of the art is with the Europeans at present, check this out http://singularityhub.com/2013/04/04/first-fully-3d-printed-building-may-take-shape-this-year/
A Chinese firm has just completed a 16 storey building in 6 days on site – it was mostly prefabricated in a robotic factory but an absolutely amazing achievement in Project Management possibly beyond Western methodologies and resources and even perhaps social structure.
and Calatrava’s forms must be the major contenders for this sort of work…?
NY WTC Terminal building – Santiago Calatrava – wow!
Our N’Guru project looked at this technology