World's Largest CNC Machine Fabricates Large-Scale Building Prototypes

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Using the world's largest 3D printer, Shiro Studio architects and D-Shape have joined forces to create this 3x3x3 meter tall prototype of the Radiolaria pavilion.

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D-Shape's 3-D stereolithic printer creates models entirely out of artificial sandstone using CAD-CAE modeling technologies and CAD-CAM software to control the plotter. The printing proceeds in 5-10mm layer segments and, in the end, produces a structure that has strength characteristics reminiscent of standard Portland Cement—without the need for internal reinforcement. This gives designers greater flexibility with structural shapes.

The final 10-meter structure is scheduled to be erected in Pontedera, Italy next year, but D-Shape's 3-D printer might be the beginning of a major shift in architectural design. How long will it be before we move on from machining small scale models (and cupcakes) to full-scale buildings? [Dezeen via Fast Company]

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This is insane. The largest thing I've personally built on a 3d printer was a 1/16" = 1' scale model of the florence Duomo dome. It was about 3' square and took 15 prints and 38 individual custom pieces to complete it. It turned out really nice in the end and will eventually sit in our library.