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Large format 3D printer manufacturer BigRep has started 3D printing an urban green habitat installation named GENESIS Eco Screen. Using only recycled plastic, the work showcases the potential of additive manufacturing as a sustainable means of architecture. It’s build is currently ongoing on public view at Humboldt University in Berlin. GENESIS is set to premiere at Fiction Forum cultural exhibition in a month.
The GENESIS Eco Screen project is led by BigRep’s award-winning NOWLAB team, in collaboration with artist Lindsay Lawson. Taking the shape of a sculptural wall, it is an eco-structure with added functionalities. Four BigRep ONE 3D printers have been set to make the screen, using multiple filaments consisting of BigRep PETG and BASF Innofil3D rPET.
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3D printer filaments in GENESIS are made 100% from recycled PET. The plastic bottles are sent to a collection point, cleaned and pre-processed. Following this, they are turned into printable raw material, using a raw paradise Dual Axel Shredder. A long strand of 2.75 mm diameter filament is extruded and coiled on spools for 3D printing. The five-step production process will be detailed in the circular economy exhibition running alongside the 3D printers will further.
GENESIS Eco Screen. Image via BigRep.
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Mimicking a massive root system found in forests, GENESIS, we completed will measure 4m x 4m. Features of the screen include an embedded water and drainage system for plants and a shelter for solitary bees. A similar concept, termed the BANYAN ECO WALL, was previously explored by the NOWLAB team in June this year. Potentially an early concept for the GENESIS Eco Screen, the BANYAN wall has an inbuilt water and drainage system.
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