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An astounding 3D printed room!

Digital Grotesque is the first fully immersive, human-scale structure created through 3D printing out of sand. Measuring 16 square meters, the fully enclosed solid structure materializes with details at the threshold of human perception. Custom-designed algorithms composed every aspect of the architecture. Video courtesy Demetris Shammas.

Architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger designed and created the world’s first 3D printed structure. They call their design “Digital Grotesque.” The room – 16 square meters and 3.2 meters high – has a staggering 260 million surfaces.

Many 3D printed pieces are made of plastic, but the entire room – including its most eye-catching details – is made of sand. Hansmeyer and Dillenburger used a binding material to create large chunks of the room (up to 4 meters tall by 1 meter wide by 2 meters deep).

The architects began with an overarching model, but used algorithms that let computers randomly design the room, printed in Zurich, Switzerland. Overall, the room took a year to design, one month to print, and one day to assemble.

- Amber Harmon


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