Strong of the numerous and serious conclusions that you have all defined in the Research phase, the next step of the 3dPA program is the design of a small earth 3d printed structure that spans over a person and fits within one crane printing radius (4m). 

A few considerations. The project has no other function than the previously stated. The solution does not necessarily need to define an enclosure. The structural proposal can rest on the floor in 2 or more points or lines. The geometry needs to contain some vertical surfaces. Due to vulnerability to water, the structure might need to be covered by an additional layer (timber, fired clay, …), this element will not be constructed during 3dPA, but it might be interesting to develop it for your proposal. You are not required to print in this phase, but you might want to test some aspects of your design (no other tool than the desktop printers will be available). 

Alongside a set of additional documents described below, the main deliverable is a printable 3d model that does not exceed 54 m2 of printing surface. 

For this new phase, we are asking the groups to reconfigure in order to spread and cross-bread the knowledge previously established, and to give all groups the freedom to work with whichever of the 6 techniques, or hybrids, they find most relevant. A group can therefore work with a toolkit that they haven’t developed. In the context of this pioneering nature of this project and the necessity to share knowledge, this is an important quality that will also reinforce our collective.

Learning Objectives  

  1. To design a small structural prototype
  2. To understand all design directions and decide on a selected one
  3. To integrate feasibility issues within design
  4. To catalogue design options
  5. To produce a competition-like set of deliverables 


Projects from this course

1:1 Arched Vault Competition Proposal

Nader Akoum 3d Printing Architecture Clay

The competition proposal of a 1:1 3d printed arched clay vault should be characterized by feasibility in construction. To achieve feasibility, the design of the vault uses bended sheets of wood to carry arches, dwells on strong connections in the infills, and complies by site printing restrictions [4,500 meters of print length alongside a maximum … Read more

Earth 3D Printed Pavilion: Optimized Arches for Self-support and The Fifth Facade

Designing for the 3D printing of a self-supporting Pavilion Background For the Competition phase, the brief asked for a design of geometries that addressed the 5th facade in the attempt to cover or go over and above the average human height. Our proposal attempts to have this brief satisfied without the use of additional/external support … Read more

The Fifth Facade Pavilion – Embedded Structural Support and Scaffolding system

Two varying height 3D-printed arches and a polycarbonate roof with embedded timber supports.

Designing a small earth 3D printed structure with two or more support points that spans over a person and fits within one crane printing radius. The competition phase’s objective is to create a small, 3D-printed earth structure that can span a person, fits within a crane’s printing radius of 4 meters, and doesn’t require an … Read more

Fifth facade competition : Fiber supported cantilevers

Three symmetrical generative axes were considered that reach the top, meeting in the same origin. Altering parameters such as the distance between the base axis, the inclination reaching the top and the height of the top axes, the geometry is considered in a shape which is achieving a controlled inclination of the guide surfaces of … Read more