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Over the space of two months, researchers on the MAS Digital Fabrication team at ETH Zurich created an experimental metal facade using 3D printed sand molds.
Composed of 26 individual pieces and standing 3.5 meters high the so-called Deep Facade combines “the geometric freedom of 3D printing with the structural properties of cast metal,” to realize new possibilities in architecture.
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The Master of Advanced Studies ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication (MAS ETH DFAB) is a year long program set up to explore computational design, robotic fabrication and 3D printing for construction. Deep Facade is the latest product of this program, and follows suit of an overarching project at the university called Digital Metal (Not to be confused with the Swedish metal 3D printer manufacturer of the same name).
In Digital Metal large scale metal parts are molded from aluminum using 3D printed sand casts. Computational techniques, that appear similar to generative design from the multiple versions in the video above, are used to create these parts based on set parameters, i.e. maximum edge length, minimum distance between lines etc.
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Deep Facade was created by the MAS ETH DFAB team in collaboration with Swiss foundry Christenguss AG, die cast specialist DGS Druckguss Systeme and 3D...
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