Iridescence Print: Robotically Printed Lightweight Mesh Structures

Volker Helm, Jan Willmann, Andreas Thoma, Luka Piskorec, Norman Hack, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-122
Journal3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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