Emerging Objects and Smith|Allen Studio are using the fabrication technology to bring new materials and applications to projects.
Additive manufacturing represents a compelling, if uncertain, approach to building construction. Employed by computationally savvy design firms and manufacturers, the method has enabled a generation of intriguing building blocks and assemblies. Yet many questions remain about its fundamental application advantages, as well as how the process may be used as a vehicle for conceptual inquiry. Implemented by design firms primarily in the form of 3D printing, additive manufacturing requires the combination of compatible software, hardware, and material feedstock. Architects and designers who pursue this approach are exploring the interrelationships between computational modeling and material research, seeking meaningful ways through which to bridge the gaps between the virtual and physical realms.
Two practices that typify this effort—Emerging Objects and Smith|Allen Studio—represent promising avenues for the integration of additive manufacturing via 3D printing in architecture, each with its own unique set of aspirations and challenges.
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