Video> Model Performance

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Thursday, March 17, 2011
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Dave Munson's palm sized World Trade Center site.

Microsol Resources’ Tuesday night presentation of Z Printers at Cooper Union was notable for scale of output, both small and large (very large). The 3-D printers produce a powder-based model where all unused excess material gets recycled within the machine. The copier makes tiny models with extraordinary precision. The prices run from $15,000 to $65,000. But a panel of four presenters said the printer’s primary advantage is speed, allowing for new models to be created within 24 hours.

Two firms made notable presentations.  Xavier De Kestelier, an associate partner at Foster + Partners, veered from the script a bit when he showed a video of a cement printer being developed at Loughborough University in the UK. That hanger sized 3-D printer makes modular units that can be adapted as building components. Then, Wesley Wright, a designer with Pelli Clarke Pelli, brought the conversation back to the Z Printer, which he said has become an integral part of the firm’s design process.

The firm has four machines operating round the clock. Sketching right onto the models during the review process is not uncommon. In a video, no less than the maestro himself, César Pelli,  intones on the importance of model making in general and on 3-D printers in particular. Wright has graciously, and exclusively, shared his video with AN. We nabbed the Foster/Loughborough video from YouTube.

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A model from the offices of Foster and Partners.

A model of roof geometry for a community center from Pelli Clarke Pelli.

Ralf Lindemann Design.

Detail of tiny ridge on 3-d sample made over the course of an hour.

 

Pelli on Models from Architect’s Newspaper on Vimeo.

2 Responses to “Video> Model Performance”

  1. Olimpio DeMarco says:

    Hi Tom,

    Thank you very much for attending and covering our event at The Cooper Union. It was indeed a special night, and the large turnout is a strong sign of renewed interest in the latest design tools for the AEC community.

    Just want to be sure that you are reporting accurately in your blog – the ZCorp technology uses an advanced composite material which is not cornstarch based. Not sure who told you this, but I would be glad to answer any questions you may have about the technology and its adoption in the AEC industry.

    Regards,
    Olimpio DeMarco

    Director of AEC Business Development
    Z Corporation

  2. Tom Stoelker says:

    Thanks Olimpio,
    We made the change.

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