ETH Zurich casts intricate metal facade in 3D-printed moulds

Students from ETH Zurich have pioneered a method of casting complex, one-off architectural structures from metal in 3D-printed moulds. Deep Facade, a six-metre-high aluminium structure with ribbons of metal looped in an organic fashion that recalls the folds of the brain’s cerebral cortex, is the first metal facade cast in 3D-printed moulds. The facade was

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Eindhoven to build “world’s first” 3D-printed houses that people will live inside

Eindhoven University of Technology has announced plans to 3D print a series of concrete houses that will be made available to rent. In what is being described as a world first, the Dutch university is set to build five 3D-printed houses over the next five years, which will all become rental properties. “The project is

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AZL Architects creates 3D-printed pavilion alongside stone house in Chinese village

A translucent garden pavilion made from 3D-printed plastic blocks provides a lightweight counterpoint to a robust, stone-clad house by AZL Architects in the Chinese village of Shanyinwu. The Nanjing-based practice designed LEI House for a local businesswoman who wanted the property to encapsulate the values of her bed and breakfast brand, and promote her idea of

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CLS Architetti and Arup use a portable robot to 3D print a house in Milan

Engineering firm Arup and architecture studio CLS Architetti have used a portable robot to 3D print a concrete house, which is on show for Milan design week. Printed onsite on Milan’s Piazza Cesare Beccaria, the 100-square-metre house was formed over the course of a week. Made up of 35 modules, the house features curved walls, a living area, bedroom,

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Robots complete span of 3D-printed bridge for Amsterdam canal

Robots have finished 3D printing the structure of a steel pedestrian bridge devised by technology startup MX3D, which is set to span a canal in Amsterdam. Dutch designer Joris Laarman is working with with Amsterdam-based robotic manufacturing technology start-up to build the 12-metre-long bridge, which will eventually cross a canal in the Dutch capital. Six-axis robots were used to “draw” the

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3D-printed tiles filled with succulents form cabin by Emerging Objects

Succulents and other small plants grow from the tiles that clad this 3D-printed shed, which was designed to offer a solution for the Bay Area’s housing shortage. Located in a backyard in Oakland, California, the Cabin of 3D Printed Curiosities was designed by Emerging Objects – a local studio focused on experimental uses of 3D

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Arup and CLS Architetti to build “Europe’s first 3D-printed house” at Milan design week

Engineering firm Arup and architecture studio CLS Architetti have revealed plans to 3D print a one-bedroom house at this year’s Milan design week. Arup and CLS Architetti are creating the structure, which they describe as “Europe’s first 3D-printed one-bedroom house”, to highlight the potential of the technology. It is currently being 3D printed in a square near the Duomo cathedral, to be showcased

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World’s first 3D-printed concrete bridge opens in the Netherlands

The first 3D-printed concrete bridge has been completed in the Netherlands as a crossing for cyclists, but construction company BAM Infra claims it could take the weight of 40 lorries. Made from pre-fabricated concrete blocks 3D-printed by robots, the 8-metre-long bridge forms part of a new ring-road being constructed around Gemert in the Dutch province of Brabant. The

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Hong Kong students create terracotta tower to promote use of 3D-printed bricks

This captioned movie shows how a team from the University of Hong Kong’s architecture faculty created a pavilion from 3D-printed bricks, to show the potential of this technology in architectural production. More one-minute movies ›

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Competition: win a book detailing digital fabrication projects across architecture and design

Dezeen is giving away five hardcover copies of Fabricate 2017: Rethinking Design and Construction, which brings together the best architecture and design projects involving digital fabrication. The book is the official supporting publication of Fabricate, the international triennial conference for those working at the intersection of design, architecture, construction and computation. This year’s conference took

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ETH Zurich unveils plans for robot-built house in Dübendorf

Researchers from Switzerland’s ETH Zurich university will use robots and 3D printers to design and build a pioneering three-storey house at a local research and innovation campus. Eight professors from ETH Zurich are working with business partners to build the DFAB House, which the team claims will be “the first house in the world to be

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DUS Architects builds 3D-printed micro home in Amsterdam

Dutch studio DUS Architects has 3D printed an eight-square-metre cabin and accompanying bathtub in Amsterdam, and is now inviting guests to stay overnight (+ slideshow). DUS Architects used sustainable bio-plastic to create the 3D Print Urban Cabin, which is intended to demonstrate how additive manufacturing can offer solutions for temporary housing or disaster relief. When the cabin is no longer needed, it More

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Tia Kharrat designs butterfly house that mimics the structure of the insects’ eggs

Graduate shows 2016: University of Westminster graduate Tia Kharrat has designed an architectural structure based on the eggs of a rare butterfly species (+ slideshow). Kharrat developed the project Metamorphosis: Inception for her masters degree in architecture at the London university. Kharrat initially designed the structure to house a butterfly enclosure, although she later explored other uses. The design takes its cues from the geometry More

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WATG wins competition to design freeform 3D-printed house

A team of architects in Chicago has proposed a house made of 3D-printed plastic and carbon-fibre panels wrapped around glazed walls (+ slideshow). The members of international firm WATG’s Urban Architecture Studio took out first prize in the Freeform Home Design Challenge, which invited architects, designers, engineers and artists to propose a 3D-printed dwelling. Their More

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A 3D-Printed Off-The-Grid Shack

In collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, award-winning architecture firm SOM created a 3D-printed shack, complete with a 3D-printed vehicle, which together serve as a prototype for off-the-grid living with the aim of zero energy waste…

SHAHLA KARIMI

Focusing solely in the linearity of the ring,  with respect to its form, the best way to highlight a delicate structure is to abandon all effects. Created with a combination of old techniques and new technologies Shahla Karimi‘s Honey Rotation 3D printing ring brings a strong character of its own, controls the inspiration and dominates …

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SHAHLA KARIMI X SANSSOUCI

Focusing solely in the linearity of the ring,  with respect to its form, the best way to highlight a delicate structure is to abandon all effects. Created with a combination of old techniques and new technologies Shahla Karimi‘s Honey Rotation 3D printing ring brings a strong character of its own, controls the inspiration and dominates …

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Tokyo university students create “drawn-in-place” architecture using a 3D-printing pen

A group of University of Tokyo students overseen by architect Kengo Kuma have developed a 3D-printing pen that can be used to create complex architectural structures out of plastic sticks. The constructions – described by the team as “large-scale hand-drawn structures” – are formed when a user manually prints out strings of thermoplastic filament, guided by a digital tracking system. The strings More

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SOM debuts “world’s largest 3D-printed polymer building” designed for off-grid living

Architecture firm SOM has created a 3D-printed structure that generates its own power and shares energy with a companion vehicle, providing a model for off-grid living (+ slideshow). Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) worked in partnership with the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create the curved pavilion, which the firm claims More

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Producing the world’s first 3D-printed bridge with robots “is just the beginning”

Future Makers: the technology that startup MX3D is developing to 3D print a bridge in Amsterdam could be used to produce “endless” different structures, says Dutch designer Joris Laarman in this exclusive movie. MX3D is a new research and development company co-founded by Laarman and Tim Geurtjens, which plans to use robots to produce the More

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Dutch EU building features a facade combining tensile fabric and 3D-printed bioplastic

DUS Architects has combined 3D-printed bioplastic with a tensile fabric structure to create a sculptural facade for the building where European Union meetings will take place over the next six months (+ slideshow). The Amsterdam-based studio is currently two years into a project to build the world’s first 3D-printed canal house, so decided to use its pioneering resources More

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Giant 3D-printed replica of Palmyra Arch will be installed in London and New York

Full-scale copies of a 2,000-year-old Syrian architectural landmark believed to have been destroyed by ISIS will be on view in London and New York this April. The Institute for Digital Archaeology – based in Oxford, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts – announced this week that it will recreate the 15-metre-high Palmyra Arch using a large 3D printer. The renditions More

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3D-printed ice house by Clouds AO and SEArch wins NASA Mars Habitat contest

NASA – the US space agency that announced the discovery of flowing water on Mars this week – has chosen a winner in its contest to design proposals for 3D-printed housing on the Red Planet (+ slideshow). The Ice House has been awarded first place in the NASA-run 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, receiving a prize of $25,000 (£16,500) from competition […]

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10 bizarre proposals for 3D-printed NASA bases on Mars

We’ve selected 10 of the most unusual and far-fetched proposals for Mars housing submitted as part of NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. A shortlist of 30 designs has been chosen for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, launched in May by US space agency NASA and America Makes, the country’s national additive-manufacturing innovation institute. Entrants were challenged […]

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Foster + Partners reveals concept for 3D-printed Mars habitat built by robots

Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for a NASA Mars settlement for four astronauts that could be 3D printed by a team of semi-autonomous robots (+ slideshow). Norman Foster’s firm envisions a 93-square-metre habitat constructed from regolith, the loose soil and rocks found on the surface of the Red Planet. The concept involves parachuting three different kinds […]

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3D-printed bubble house proposed for living on Mars

French 3D-printing company FABulous has brought together a team of scientists and architects to imagine a bubble-shaped habitat for Mars that can be printed on the red planet. The Sfero house features an internal and external dome, with a protective pocket of water between the two. A single corridor rests on the planet’s surface and […]

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Joris Laarman to 3D-print bridge over Amsterdam canal using robots

Dutch designer Joris Laarman has designed a steel bridge that will be 3D-printed by robots (+ slideshow). The ornate metal structure, which will span a canal in Amsterdam, will be printed in-situ by robotic arms. The location of the bridge will be announced soon, and completion is set for 2017. The versatile six-axis robots – which […]

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“Comet running” concept proposes hitchhiking future for space stations

Interstellar comets become vehicles for space travel between the different planetary systems of our galaxy in this conceptual design by New York-based Clouds Architecture Office (+ slideshow). Ostap Rudakevych and Masayuki Sono, the founders of Clouds Architecture Office, propose floating space stations within the orbit of moving exocomets – icy celestial bodies that exist outside Earth’s […]
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3D-printed structural components will lead to “new building shapes”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: Salomé Galjaard of engineering firm Arup says 3D printing building components will result in more efficient and diverse architectural forms (+ movie). The use of metal 3D-printed structural components will “have a big impact on the visual appearance of the world we live in,” Galjaard says in the movie, which was filmed in Eindhoven […]
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Foster + Partners works on “world’s first commercial concrete-printing robot”

News: Foster + Partners has teamed up with building contractor Skanska to pioneer the use of 3D-printed concrete in the construction industry. Norman Foster’s architecture firm is part of the team working with Swedish concrete manufacturer Skanska to develop the technology to robotically 3D print high-performance concrete, which could be used to build architectural structures. […]

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