Andrea Morgante, founder of Shiro Studio, has collaborated with D-Shape to produce the Radiolaria pavilion, a complex, free-form structure produced using the world’s largest 3D printer. Measuring 3 x 3 x 3 metres, the structure is a scale model of a final 10-metre tall pavilion to be built in Pontedera, Italy, in 2010.
D-Shape, the world’s first large-scale stereolithic printer, was developed by Italian engineer Enrico Dini in 2008 to offer architects the design freedom that rapid prototyping allows.
The structure is made of an artificial sandstone material and does not feature any internal reinforcement.
Held together by an inorganic binder, the resultant material has excellent strength properties – with some performance characteristics superior to portland cement – and will not damage the environment.
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