This article presents a novel robot-based 3D printing technique for the automated fabrication of nonstandard large-scale lightweight structures. The approach offers unique advantages over conventional approaches to 3D printing: It can be performed freely in space, it is scalable, and it enables the fabrication of structures from a filament 3D printing process. A first full-scale demonstration case—the architectural installation Iridescence Print—was exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Based on ongoing research and teaching activities, the installation exemplifies a new area of research in the field of 3D printing: robotically printed lightweight mesh structures.
Helm, V., Willmann, J., Thoma, A., Piskorec, L., Hack, N., Gramazio, F., & Kohler, M. (2015). Iridescence Print: Robotically Printed Lightweight Mesh Structures. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, 2(3), 117-122. https://doi.org/10.1089/3dp.2015.0018