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Castles In The Air? How 3D Printing Elevates Architecture

Castles In The Air? How 3D Printing Elevates Architecture

From aerospace to mass customized wearables, 3D printing brings the house down in so many business verticals — including architecture.

Imagine: The architect sits at their drafting table, their head filled with lofty designs. When it comes to helping their clients and partners see what’s in their mind’s eye, sketches and virtual renderings can only get them so far.

That’s where 3D printing comes in: one of the technology’s benefits is that it can expand design freedom.

Let’s look at four times architects were able to add new dimensions to their designs.

Sagrada Familia

A 3D model of a Sagrada Familia cathedral presented in the 3D printing software Magics by Materialise.

The team working on the world-famous Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona has been using 3D printing since 2001. But even back in the late 19th century, the architect Antoni Gaudí understood the importance of moving from 2D to 3D and would often handcraft models of the elaborate building to get a be

Miniature, 3D-Printed City Hall of Antwerp Shows off Every Last Detail

Miniature, 3D-Printed City Hall of Antwerp Shows off Every Last Detail

The city hall of Antwerp is one of the city’s architectural crown jewels. Dating back from the 16th century, it hadn’t undergone significant restoration for the last 60 years, and the grand old building was starting to show signs of its age. The municipality of Antwerp has set an ambitious restoration project in motion, which was explained and displayed at Paviljoen Antwerpen Morgen. Held at MAS, the exhibition covered the biggest urban development projects the city has planned for the future. And at center stage was a giant 3D-printed model of the renovated city hall!

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Experience World War I with this 3D-Printed Model of the Belgian Coastline

Experience World War I with this 3D-Printed Model of the Belgian Coastline

You don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate this model of the Belgian coastline during World War 1. Based on authentic aerial photographs from the time, it’s a faithful recreation of what the coastline must’ve looked like, from military defenses down to the location of each sand dune. Read on to discover how Materialise engineers made the project a reality.

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A Cathedral of 3D-Printed Transparent Resin

A Cathedral of 3D-Printed Transparent Resin

Using 3D Printing to print architectural models is nothing new, but these models of the Šibenik Cathedral of St. James 3D-printed in transparent resin are breathtaking!

A replica of this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Croatia was created for an exhibition and 3D-printed in transparent resin and the results are stunningly detailed.

Read on to know more about this creation and the fascinating measurement process for the 3D design, drones included!

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How 3D Printing is Changing Architecture: Learning from the Sagrada Familia Team in Barcelona

How 3D Printing is Changing Architecture: Learning from the Sagrada Familia Team in Barcelona

The world-famous Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona has been using 3D printing since 2001 to continue the work of the great designer Antoni Gaudí. This modernist architect was not able to finish the work during his life, so the Sagrada Familia consortium has to design much of the cathedral themselves. With the assistance of 3D printing, Gaudí’s glorious magnum opus is well on its way to completion. (more…)

6 Amazing 3D Printed Large Scale Construction Projects

6 Amazing 3D Printed Large Scale Construction Projects

3D printers are often associated with small, high-value, low-volume items. Since 1980s 3D printing has continually challenged the boundaries of what is possible – and how large a 3D printer can print. Groups of architects have set out to make history: they believe that 3D printing can transform the way buildings and monuments are made. They strive achieve large 3D printer projects such as houses, statues, cars, and furniture. So here are our 6 favorite large-scale 3D printing projects that are currently pushing the limits of what is possible.

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12 Yale students rebuild ancient Rome in gold for the Venice Biennale

Ancient Rome has always inspired people, but now 12 Yale Students and their professor have really surprised everyone with their project. They succeeded in making a 3D printed display, based on the 250 years old etchings of Piranesi, completely covered with gold leaves.

Amazed by 6 etchings of ancient Rome from mapmaker and architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi, twelve students of Yale and their professor decided to bring the project to life. It looked quite impossible in the beginning, but with the help of Materialise the students were able to create a maquette with the 250 year old etchings of Piranesi.

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The students first had to reinvent the etchings through three-dimensional digital modeling. Then the biggest printer, the Mammoth Stereolithography machine, printed the models. With its amazing size, measuring 1500 x 1300 x 90 mm, the project needed something extra to shine at the Biennale in Venice. So they came up with an idea: why not cover it with gold leaves? The art