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Stunning Energy-Efficient Roof Replicated in Equally Stunning 3D Printed Scale Model from ARRK

by • July 1, 2016 • No Comments

night-shot-slider-620x380Athens, Greece is a tourist draw for a number of reasons – one of the largest, and most obvious, being its historical sites. But while the Parthenon may be adequate of a reason alone for most folks to visit the attractive Mediterranean city, there are a lot of modern attractions that shouldn’t be ignored – such as the newly accomplished Stavros Niachros Foundation Cultural Center. The center, that took of a decade of conception to completion, is now home to the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera as well as a lush park, but beyond its cultural value, it’s in addition evidence that after all these years, Greece hasn’t lost its architectural flair.

In addition to being visually astonishing, the SNFCC, that can officially open later this year, was created to be as environmentally sustainable as possible. In fact, the assembling has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum environmental certification – the initially public assembling in Greece to meet the standard.

One of the most worthwhile showcases of the SNFCC’s sustainable construction is its roof, the Energy Canopy, a wafer-thin platform supported by slender columns and towering over the rigorous. Described by the Stavros Niacrhos Foundation as “a marvel of construction and engineering,” the thin concrete structure is deceptively sturdy, with a shock interesting process that allows for it to endure earthquakes, sturdy winds and other future effortless disasters. It is in addition covered in 5,560 photovoltaic panels, that are capable of generating 2,280 kwh of electricity every year – enabling the entire center to be approximately completely energy independent.


The Energy Canopy was created by London engineering and create firm Expedition, who acted as structural engineers on the SNFCC project, and were additional honored when London’s V&A Museum asked them to provide a scale edition of the roof for display. The createers agreed that 3D printing may be the most method for making the edition, and turned to product development company ARRK for assist.

IMG_2475 (838x1024)ARRK, a multinational corporation that has been expanding since 1948, has been via 3D printing for several years, and upon reviewing sketches provided by Expedition, they agreed that Selective Laser Sintering may be the most method for remaking the detailed structure. The 1m-squared edition had to be created in sections – much like the original roof. The piecemeal create had the introduced benefit of enabling ARRK to check and validate every part for accuracy preceding continuing, saving them the time and headaches that may have been involved had an error required the entire edition to be reprinted.

The edition was printed via glass filled nylon powder, with layers as thin as 0.5mm enabling ARRK to reproduce the thin, rigorous interior wall sections of the roof, that is much additional intricate than it appears of a distance. Once the parts were all printed, a team of joiners and finishers took over to assemble the edition into one flawless piece, that they presented to Expedition, who proclaimed themselves fully satisfied with the high end of the edition and the swift turnaround time.

The edition of the Energy Canopy can be on display at the V&A Museum until late fall
, so if you can’t manufacture it all the way to Athens to check out this architectural marvel, maybe you can yet examine the miniaturized edition in London, and get a close appear at an amazing create. Discuss additional in the Expedition Turns to AARK for 3D Printing forum over at 3DPB.com.

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