Designer Spotlight: Large Scale 3D Printing Using Algorithms

A full-scale 3D printed grotto made of 1.3 billion surfaces and printed on 7 tons of sandstone using algorithmic generated surfaces has heads turning.

These life sized art installations showcase intricate geometric patterns in a complex but organic formation. The exhibit is called “digital grotesque 11” and was created by architects Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer. The creation was a two year process experimenting with the 3D printers full potential.

It was a collaborative project between the designers and the computer system. The computer system generated forms in respect to an observers spatial distance and comprised a multitude of endless number sequences.

In the first simulation, the angles and perspectives were created then a a subdivision algorithm was designed for the final multi-layered and complex sculpture.

The art exhibit is an ode to new architectural designs that use technology as a guide in their building development and structure. The design demonstrates the co-creation between the tools we design and their ability to intelligently design with us.

The patterns shift, shape and form based on our spatial distance to them, our perspectives and angles, how they materialize and our relationship to the technology having a part in generating them.