The London architecture firm is working with the European Space Agency to investigate methods for constructing lunar homes and has designed a four-person residence that would shelter its inhabitants from dramatically changing temperatures, meteorites and gamma radiation.
Aware of the demands for housing in urban areas, Sebastian Bertram has come up with a method to print at an architectural scale. The robot “prints” contours of a building shell layer by layer using fast-drying concrete. Within just a couple of weeks, an entire estate could be produced.
Created by designers François Brument and Sonia Laugier, “Printed Habitat” is a room design, based on parametric design to develop a complete set of 3D printed blocks that, when assembled, create a complete set of interior walls.
http://3dprintshow.com/london2013/workshops-and-seminars/event-registration/?ee=51 (seminar at the 3D Printshow in London, Nov 7th-9th)
Will it offer architects the freedom to design without the pesky limitations of built reality? Or, like the scribes made redundant by Gutenberg’s printing press, will 3D printing make the architect go extinct?
Markus Kayser explores the idea of solar sintering, as another method of 3D printing. In this experiment sunlight and sand are used as raw energy and material to produce glass objects using a 3D printing process, that combines natural energy and material with high-tech production technology.
http://www.dezeen.com/tag/markus-kayser/ (good summary of Markus Kayser’s works)
1) FDM: Fused Deposition Modelling
2) Selective Laser Sintering
Called Echoviren, the 10 x 10 x 8 foot pavilion was completed last weekend. It consists of 585 individually printed components produced on seven Series 1 desktop printers made by Type A Machines. Each component is made of a plant-based PLA bio-plastic, meaning the structure will decompose over time, disappearing within 30-50 years.