Creating architecture from soil with Stone Spray 3D printer

A new twist on large scale 3D printing.

Anna Kulik, Inder Shergill and Petr Novikov from the University of Twente, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona made the Stone Spray 3D printer under the guidance of tutors Marta Malé-Alemany, Jordi Portell, and Miquel Lloveras. It prints structures using sand an a binding agent on-site. The current prototype is only large enough for human-size objects, but the intention is to use the system to eventually print full-scale architecture.

This machine is a twist on large-scale 3D printing in a couple ways. One, it sprays the material out of a pressurized nozzle instead of laying down a paste or a liquid binder. This creates texture that reminds me of a termite mound. You’ll either love it or hate it. Two, the majority of the construction material could theoretically be found on-site. Only the binder would have to be brought in.

Michael Hansmeyer’s vision for algorithmic design

The theory and goals behind his incredible columns.

We previously mentioned Michael Hansmeyer’s spectacular CNC milled columns. To recap, the columns were designed using a subdivision process in Processing before being CNC milled from 2700 layers of 1mm ABS plastic. He recently gave a TED talk about these columns and, more broadly, his vision for designing with computer algorithms. Using this method allows us to create forms so complex that they cannot be drawn or even imagined.


CNC machined Analog Structures

Resource efficient structures

Analog Shelter is part of New Zealand designer Daiman Otto’s Analog Structures project. The cladding system Feel Free was designed to respond to the Shed Light exhibition brief, currently on show in Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia. His aim is to produce a series of small DIY, standardized and customisable buildings that anyone can put together without the need for a set of saws and building tools. Feel Free’s exterior cladding encourages interaction by allowing people to touch and manipulate the exterior polyproplyene panels. (more…)

Would you like vector engraving with your espresso?

Cafe in Tokyo serving up coffee and laser cutting!

laser-cutter fabcafe

Japan is the source of all that is weird, wacky and wonderful in integrating culture and technology. Since opening on the 7th of March, FabCafe in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo brings the world lattes with laser cutting! (more…)

Building a tower with flying robots

Autonomous quadracopters build a six meter tower of polystyrene bricks.

While we are still disappointingly far away from the vision of the future presented by The Jetsons, every once in awhile we get just a little bit closer. Swiss architects Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea built this six meter tall (19.7 feet) tower of polystyrene foam bricks using an automated system of quadracopter robots for their project Flight Assembled Architecture.

This video shows some of the building process.

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When digital fabrication meets architecture — 10 awesome structures from 2011

Best of the Blog 2011 – Architecture

From open-source buildings and zero-waste designs to scale models and temporary structures, here are ten awesome examples of what can happen when the tools of digital fabrication are in service to the field of architecture.

1. The world’s largest wooden structure

The enormous Metropol Parasol pavilion was erected in Seville, Spain last year. Spanning 230ft wide and 490ft long, the pavilion is said to be the largest wooden structure in the world.


Small Business Stories: creating a show-stopping trade show booth

Retail Ready with Made On Jupiter

If you’re a small business owner, exhibiting at a trade show is something that can really boost your business. Not only will you meet lots of prospective clients and buyers, but those places are always packed with members of the press. I’ve been to a handful of ICFFs, Stationery Shows, NeoCons, and lots of art fairs — and let me tell you, your booth design makes all the difference.

When it comes to trade shows, your booth matters more than your product. So what does it take to create a booth everyone wants to visit? Well it isn’t easy, but it’s certainly attainable.

Just ask Made on Jupiter, the digital fabrication specialist branch of New Zealand based design collective Jupiter Jazz.

Their latest project was the Puffer, a cumulus-cloud looking trade show booth developed for Siggraph Asia. The time lapse video above shows the assembly of over 1000 uniquely shaped cones to create the booth.

Tom Kluyskens published a detailed account of how his team went from design idea to booth build in less than 5 weeks.


Ten excellent examples of CNC routing

Best of the Blog 2011 – CNC routing

Overshadowed somewhat in recent years by laser cutting and 3D printing, CNC routing remains a fabrication technology with enormous potential. It can be used with more materials than 3D printing and creates 3D shapes more easily than laser cutting. These ten examples show this technique at its best.

#10 Giant CNC’d Scrabble

What do you do when there is a giant CNC mill just waiting to be used? Giant Scrabble of course. This enormous board game was made by those clever students at MIT.


On Site: Digital fabrication and mid-century seats at Graffiti Gone Global during Art Basel Miami Beach

CNC, NBA, and Eames

Earlier this month Miami was invaded by celebrities, gallerists, museum directors, designers, and lots of rich people for the 10th annual Art Basel Miami Beach.

This international contemporary art fair has spawned countless satellite fairs, events, launches, exhibitions, and parties. I stopped in Midtown Miami’s Design District to check out one them: Graffiti Gone Global.

Now in it’s fifth year, GGG was developed by restaurant entrepreneur Shimon Bokovza to celebrate urban culture.

The statement piece of the show was a cumulous cloud looking aluminum structure entitled ‘Labyrs Frisae’ by architect and designer Marc Fornes. Although I assume the 256 sheets of metal were CNC cut, the aesthetic is in line with what The Economist calls the “organic look” of 3D printed designs.


Expandable Surface Pavilion

Zero-waste construction enabled by digital manufacturing processes

If you thought this structure looks a little like one of those highly engineered, digitally manufactured, Architect-driven projects… you’d be spot-on.

It took the combined brain power of Pablo Zamorano, Nacho Marti and Jacob Bek to make the magic happen for the Expandable Surface Pavilion.

Produced as a meeting room for the SPOGA furniture design exhibition in Cologne, Germany, one of the notable features of this design is a clever use of what’s been termed zero-waste construction. The structure can be scaled to suit specific requirements of various spaces, and will retain its form without any need for additional framework or supports.

Click through for a brief construction time-lapse video.