How Next Generation 3D Printing is Changing Architecture
In earlier articles we've covered how 3D printing was helping to enhance the home and reported on the first 3D printed house. While each milestone proved to be beneficial to the architecture landscape, the newest free-form 3D printed house is rethinking traditional architecture practices.
Branch Technology is a company founded by a group of architects and engineers that want to liberate design and creation without limitations. While they've continuously attempted to achieve this goal, they believe that technology called "Cellular Fabrication" may be the winning proposal. Shown above is the "Cellular Fabrication" model. While its appearance is thin, the material is strong - it can hold up to 18 pounds of books.
Using the world's largest freeform 3D printer, Branch is undergoing an investigation into how 3D printing can improve the built environment in every aspect of the house.
The end result is a design that fuses nature with efficient building technologies. The house is said to be able to respond to the site conditions, be built economically, and highlight the possibilities of cellular fabrication.
Unlike the first 3D printed home that was built with a conventional machine, Branch boasts that their “algorithm creates both the geometry and robotic motion to construct complex geometries in open space, without the use of support materials or highly controlled build environments”.
So as companies such as Branch explore the possibilities with 3D printing, we can expect to see more research and developments on it in the future.