October 26, 2012
Softkill Design‘s ProtoHouse project investigates the architectural potential of the latest Selective laser sintering technologies, testing the boundaries of large scale 3D printing by designing with computer algorithms that micro-organize the printed material itself.
With the support of Materialise, Softkill Design produced a high-resolution prototype of a 3D printed house at 1:33 scale. The model consists of 30 detailed fibrous pieces that can be assembled into one continuous cantilevering structure, without need for any adhesive material.
The arrangement of 0.7mm radius fibers displays a range of flexible textures and the ability to produce in-built architectural elements, such as structure, furniture, stairs, and façade, all in one instance. The Softkill house moves away from heavy, compression-based 3d printing of on-site buildings, instead proposing lightweight, high-resolution, optimized structures that, at life scale, are manageable truck-sized pieces that can be printed off-site and later assembled on-site.
This research was produced at the Architectural Association School of Architecture’s Design Research Lab in the studio of Robert Stuart-Smith. Research prototypes were generously supported by Materialise, with additional support from VoxelJet, and Sirris.