You may already recognized that additive manufacturing or in more common sense 3D printing is a real hype these days and next to the little things you are able to make by yourself with the popular desktop printers available it also attracts architects to think about applied use of these technologies in architecture.
In Amsterdam started with DUS Architekten it seems to become even more serious. While others worldwide announced to create the worlds first printed house and some very well known offices even claimed to print the first house on the moon …the small dutch architectural office actually build a very big printer together with some experts in the field including Ultimaker. The name of the gigantic FDM printer is Kamermaker, which could be translated into Room Maker. To be honest it should be a very small room, but the upscaling jump they made is already very impressing, having sized up a hamster cage sized desktop printer into an upright standing cargo container sized machine including the control room on top.
What do you do with this kind of machine ? For Hans Vermeulen from DUS Architekten its an easy story : We are going to build the worlds first house, a very typical Amsterdam canal house. The idea of the project is to discover what is possible. Lets cross fingers!
By the way…the pictures were taken actually within the building space …to give you a feeling about the size.
The Future Envelope 7 – Conference on the Building Envelope Faculty of Architecture TU Delft (NL) Thursday, 06 June 2013
Due to the complexity of modern façades the façade is one of the most expensive parts of the building. Not only, but particularly during a financial crisis it is therefore important to rethink its role in terms of its value of the entire building. There are a number of questions we have to address: What is preferable - a low investment façade or an expensive high performance solution? Will sustainable façade concepts and systems pay off? How important is a user oriented approach with high comfort levels and high quality? Are there business models in other disciplines that we can learn from or even adopt? What will be the effect on architectural design? This year’s conference will sketch a picture of the current market situation and explore new business models and product concepts. During the seventh edition of the annual conference, international speakers from the disciplines of project development, material technology, façade design, and architecture will share their experience and visions of the future building envelope.
8:45 Registration 9:15 Opening speech Ulrich Knaack/ Head of Department
9:30 – 11:00 Session 1 – Design Value Kees Kaan / Claus en Kaan Architecten, NL Mikkel Kragh / Dow Corning, Society of Facade Engineering, BE Alex de Jong / OMA Architects, NL
11:30 – 13:00 Session 2 – Performance Value Rudi Scheuermann / Arup Facades, D Matthias Rudolf / Transsolar Climate Engineering, D Jan Jongert / Superuse Studios, NL
14:00 – 15:30 Session 3 – Construction & Materials Jan van´t Westeinde/ MAB Developers, NL Steffen Prekul / Hochtief, D Gunhan Karakullukcu / Ularte Engineering and Manufacturing, TR
16:00 – 17:30 Session 4 – Architecture & Design Alexandra den Heijer / TUD Real Estate Management, NL Thijs Asselbergs / aTA architectuurcentrale, NL
Another vacuum workshop from the imagine team – this time at Ipek Yurekli´s second semester course at the Faculty of Architecture / Istanbul Technical University: concept of this student project was to build a vacuum supported dome out of the coffee cups.
The TU Delft is part of the next years Solar Decathlon in Paris. The approach from the team this year is a different one than all the other teams will do we assume, we will report later about the progress.
Twice a year the Facade Research Group (FRG) meets somewhere remote to gather together and discuss the work of their phd´s. This time - for the 6th time overall - we meet in Detmold at the Detmolder Schule. While for some of the group its called their homebase, other called it home for a while and others could not thought of leaving it at all, it was quite an emotional event.
Under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Knaack and Tillman Klein the day was packed with intro presentations, boosting new phd to a higher level, test presentations for their Go - No Go sessions and other giving an update on their near to finish phd´s.
As always on a very high professional level, each of the projects were discussed very open and criticized to improve or polish some rough edges. It was a great day, and we are looking forward to meet at the end of the year in Vienna.
What a wonderful pavillion made by the researchers from the ICD / ITKE under the lead of Prof. Knippers in Stuttgart. In this case a robot wraps the fibres around a mould that forms the geometry. In a second step the fibres are impregnated with resin to solidify the structure. This is filament winding brought to a higher level. Normally these production principle is used for high pressure tanks made out of fibre strains / rovings.
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