A fiber-reinforced plastic matrix acts as scaffolding that can be paired with conventional building materials to expand envelope design possibilities.

Additive manufacturing in architecture is in a race to the top—building bigger and better under tighter deadlines and with increasingly complex materials. But the technology is proving to be valuable in design and construction. Some architects are using it to push the boundaries of scale and form, while others are harnessing its precise nature to create component parts or accessories.

Chattanooga, Tenn.–based architect Platt Boyd, AIA, is working somewhere in between. He is the founder and CEO of a four-person startup, Branch Technology, that is developing a modular wall system pairing a free-form, 3D-printed open matrix core with conventional building materials. Branch Technology recently came out of stealth mode with the debut of a large-scale 3D printer that will be used to create wall modules. The printer has a 12.5-foot-long robotic arm on a 33-foot-long rail that together offer a print area of 25 feet wide by 58 feet long, allowing the team to build their modules larger and more efficiently.

source: architectmagazine.com

Rarity 3D Print (4.5in Tall, Hasbro Super Fan Art) by TimothyB

Rarity successfully printed at Shapeways and Hasbro took these photos after it arrived at their headquarters. She’s finally available for sale. She stands an impressive 4.5 inches tall, or 115mm. Hoofs have holes under each to allow the model to be hollow and reduce costs. Tail intersects with back of leg, reducing the chance of breaking off. 

She’s priced at $44, full color material, and again, 4.5" tall. Also, 12/15/14 may be the last day to order for delivery in time for Christmas.

Order Link: shpws.me/Ae2x


Minimalist Aquariums Filled With 3D Printed Flora by Designer Haruka Misawa

Designer and founder of Misawa Design Institute, Haruka Misawa (previously), has designed a series of minimal aquariums titled “Waterscapes” that include 3D printed objects inspired by undersea plant life. These works mimic coral and other aquatic flora that small fish use as hiding places, yet are all manufactured digitally. The objects are ones that would normal topple or crumble because of their own weight, yet because of their underwater location are able to exist as buoyant additions to the aesthetically pleasing fish homes.