MAS 2016 / 17

Photo credit: Demetris Shammas, MAS DFAB 2016-2017, DBT, Digital Metal: Shaping Liquid

Digital Metal: Shaping Liquid was set to explore the indirect use of 3D printing which combines 3D printing and casting. An ancient fabrication method, casting metal, was combined with the new technology of 3D printing allowing for new possibilities of shaping metal with the help of computational design tools into complex custom parts. Here, we want to benefit from the geometric freedom of 3D printing and the flexibility of metal casting. Metal has been a building material for a long time. Shaping metal through 3D printed molds allows the fabrication of building parts with complex inner and outer features as well as highly detailed surface, which can be used as full-scale building elements.

The pavilion consists of approximately 200 custom aluminium joints and 600 aluminium rods of varying diameter. 

Digital Building Technologies

Course Lead: Benjamin Dillenburger and Mania Aghaei Meibodi

Tutors: Benjamin Dillenburger, Mania Aghaei Meibodi and Rena Giesecke

Students: Rodrigo Díaz, Ahmed Elshafei, Marirena Kladeftira, Matteo Pacher, Sambit Samant, Iacovina Kontiza, Theodora Spathi, Marco Caprani, Hakim Hasan, Maria Pachi, Federico Giacomarra, Coralie Ming, Samuel Cros, Thodoris Kyttas, Wataru Nagatomo, Dai-Syuan Wu, Matthias Leschok

Sponsors and Collaborators: DGS Druckguss-Systeme AG, Aluminium-Laufen AG Liesberg, Aluminium-Verband Schweiz, Christenguss AG

Special Thanks: Dr. Mario Rinke, Jean Philippe and Loulia Marouda

Photo credit: Demetris Shammas, MAS DFAB 2016-2017, DBT, Digital Metal: Shaping Liquid

Photo credit: Ma Xije, MAS DFAB 2016-2017, DBT, Digital Metal: Shaping Liquid