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3D Printed Building? Are We Going To See One Soon? 3D Printed Building? Are We Going To See One Soon?

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In times when many still don’t know what is 3D printing, some architects and designers are full of ideas and plans how to 3D print full buildings and houses.

Here’s one incredible vision, a project by Connor Nicholas who has an idea how to fully 3D print building on the site, taking manufacturing process to minimum of needed. But before, we highly recommend this interesting video which explains how important 3D printer can be in future architecture.

“To not question and to not look beyond the current process will end the role of architects and the design process.  The role of an architect is transforming at a faster rate than ever before in history.  Innovation is the key to ensuring the future of the architects occupation and place within our communities.  To stray from current knowledge and future innovation is to shut our eyes and walk blindly into our future.  To believe we have arrived at the ultimate building techniques and processes is ludicrous.  We must continue to innovate and question what we are doing.  With a struggling environment that we watch continue to suffer from our actions there is no choice but to push forward and imagine a better future.  We as individuals are only here for a blink of an eye so there is no time to waste on repetitive redundant actions.  We must ponder upon greater horizons. 

[ To be scientifically minded ]
[ To be innovative ]
[ To be curious ]
[ To be human ]

Philosophy of 3D Printed Building

The current design build process is limited to certain dimensions of manufactured material and processes.  This creates a stagnant flow of production and innovation.  In order to change how we think and perceive construction we must reevaluate many areas of our process.  The areas of investigation that are explored in this project are fabrication, materiality, and parametrics. 

These three areas are at the forefront of innovation in the industry and are pushing the field forward.  Without forward innovation there is no hope in a brighter future.  Three dimensional printing created a gateway for these ideas to cross pollinate and give birth to new innovation.  By intertwining technology from boat manufacturing, high performance sail construction, FDM modeling, BIM modeling, finite element modeling, advanced building material research, and large scale gantry processes printing a building in serial manner becomes a reality.  By three dimensionally printing buildings we can use local materials indigenous to the area, reduce the amount of energy and material used in construction, control the quality at very high resolution, create new geometries, and construct buildings at a rapid rate.”
          -Connor Nicholas

Details of path optimization for 3D Printed Building
Sun response diagrams and geometry definition:  allowed the facade openings to change apertures to create optimum lighting conditions
3D Printed Building model
3D Printed Building second building model
3D floor plan showing wall cavities and facade opening integration
Second prototype gantry system designed to clamp onto the building to print buildings over six stories.  This prototype is more stable by creating more connection points to the building reducing lateral forces.  
3D Printed Building rendering
3D Printed Buildings
People in 3D Printed Building
Street between 3D Printed Building
3D Printed Building pavilion
3D Printed Buildings
3D Printed Building
3D Printed Building
3D Printed Building
3D Printed Building

All photos © Connor Nicholas

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