3D printing has shaken up the worlds of medicine and design, and now it's architecture’s time to shine. Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger recently unveiled the world's first 3D printed room! The elaborate 11-ton installation is printed with millions of incredibly detailed surfaces, and it stands almost 11 feet tall by 52 feet wide.
Hansmeyer and Dillenburger’s 3D printed “room” looks like a historic temple or an architectural fragment from a more decorative era. The room was printed in large chunks over the course of a month, and then brought together and assembled in one day. The pieces were then polished, making the seams blend together into one unified installation.
The complicated program used to design the ornate room, which echoes the detailing of the Baroque period, is based on an algorithm developed by Hansmeyer. The algorithm can be used to produce the general form of the room, as well as the “micro-textures” that make of the uber-detailed surfaces throughout the room fragments. Recent advances in 3D printing technology have enabled large scale projects like this 3D printed room to come to fruition. Instead of using restrictive printing materials, the architects printed the room using a combination of sand and a bonding agent. When completed, the material has properties similar to sandstone.
Although the room is incredibly complex with millions of textures, the process echoes the stone carving techniques used by artisans in the past. Hansmeyer’s room is a giant step forward for ornate architectural projects the world over.
Via Fast Company