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Bartlett students use robots to build 3D-printed filigree chairs – Dezeen

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A team of students at the Bartlett architecture school have turn it intod a technique for 3D printing harsh curved structures, and utilized it to turn it into a set of intricate chairs.
3D-printed chair by The Barlett UCL students
The Spatial Curves project was accomplished in Research Cluster 4 at The Bartlett School of Architecture, part of University College London.
3D-printed chair by The Barlett UCL students
Team CurVoxels – turn it intod up of Hyunchul Kwon, Amreen Kaleel and Xiaolin Li – set out to turn it into a new method of via robots for sizeable-scale 3D printing.
Working under the way of tutors Manuel Jiménez García and Gilles Retsin, the team started with utilized cantilever or S-shaped chairs by createers which include Marcel Breuer and Verner Panton as their starting point.
3D-printed chair by The Barlett UCL students
“CurVoxels inquiries how the cantilever chair may create when confronted with a new fabrication technique like robotic 3D printing,” said the group.

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The team turn it intod a custom nozzle which can extrude four- to six-millimetre-thick wires of plastic filament in the air, avoiding layered printing.
3D-printed chair by The Barlett UCL students
“The industrial robot drags plastic of the extruder in the air where it is cooled down,” said CurVoxels. “This method allows for us to print faster, use less material, and complete filigree-like structures with a high degree of detail.”
To demonstrate the system, a digital edition of the Panton chair was divided into three-dimensional pixels known as voxels.
3D-printed chair by The Barlett UCL students
The pixels were and so utilized to generate a pattern of curves which the robotic extruder can follow.
The team in addition turn it intod a digital technique which uses an algorithm to combine a single curvilinear element into a continuous extrusion. This allows for the robot to print uninterrupted, and the createers to alter the patterns via an app.
3D-printed chair by The Barlett UCL students
By altering the filagree pattern, the team are able-bodied to alter the density of key parts of the chairs to improve structural integrity.
Spatial Curves was presented at the Bartlett’s B-Pro Show 2015 graduation exhibition in London and the Synthetic 2015 Exhibition in Le Mans, France.
3D-printed chair by The Barlett UCL students
Other teams of Bartlett students have in addition turn it intod alternative techniques for making furniture.
One group utilized a composite material of felt and resin to manufacture self-supporting chairs, another utilized cement-covered foam pipes to turn it into Gothic-style structures, while a third 3D-printed concrete to form sizeable furniture pieces.
3D-printed chair by The Barlett UCL students
Large-scale 3D printing is createing quickly as createers experiment with different types of materials and techniques.
People in the Netherlands can soon be able-bodied to cycle over the world’s initially 3D-printed steel bridge on the world’s initially 3D-printed steel bicycle, thanks to innovation turn it intod by MX3D.3D-printed chair by The Barlett UCL studentsTeam CurVoxels based its 3D-printed create on the curvy shape of Verner Panton’s eponymous chairAlso, a 3D-printed bioplastic was not long ago utilized to turn it into a sculptural facade for the turn it intoing where European Union meetings take place.
Photography is by Sin Bozhurt and Team CurVoxels.
Project credits:
Team CurVoxels: Hyunchul Kwon, Amreen Kaleel, Xiaolin Li
Tutors: Manuel Jiménez García, Gilles Retsin, Vicente Soler Senent, Research Cluster 4 at UCL the Bartlett School of Architecture




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