The world will probably remember Californian inventions festival Maker Faire’s last edition of last weekend for its 3D printer that can print out pancakes. The festival, however, was not just about futuristically Eiffel Tower-shaped pancakes. Another project exposed during the inventions festival was called Endograft. This was is an enormous sculpture made of 222 individually 3D printed parts.
This huge wall is both a prototype and installation and it can be used at home or – for instance – at work offices. If you look closely at the wall, its relievo will appear in front your eyes. Every part is 3D printed, which makes it not just a visually interesting piece of art, but also an exciting example of today’s possibilities of 3D printing.
The work was made by Californian studio Smith|Allen, a collaboration of architect Bryan Allen and installations artist Stephanie Smith. The team focusses on creating “design driven branding, products, site-responsive, large scale works and spaces that investigate natural, technological, and constructed systems within the built environment.” On their website, the duo writes the following about this project:
“An undulating partition through space, Endograft is a dynamic intervention within the existing framework of Interface Gallery. The large-scale work redefines and transforms the space to mirror its palimpsest history: rewritten and evolving over time. Located within a former carriage house, Interface Gallery retains many structural and aesthetic aspects of the original building, the footprint, the slanted ceiling, and aged brick, with the addition of two skylights that flood the space with natural light. Endograft forms a division within the gallery space, creating a sheltered area of light behind the partition. A simple divide, a dynamic spatial interaction drawing one through the space affecting a noticeable change in one’s experience.”
It took them 38 days to print out the entire work, with each 3D printed piece taking 6 to 12 hours. The team adds: “A spatially interactive installation, Endograft immerses the viewer in the realms of history and experience, as mediated by technology.” Last year, they did something similar with their project Echoviren, which was the first-ever full-scale architectural installation created by a 3D printer. However, there is really a difference between the two projects, so says the team to 3Ders:
“A key difference in the evolution of the detail from that explored in Echoviren is Endograft is designed to be modular. The individually printed components aggregate into modular deployable panels allowing the piece to be shipped, stored, moved through standard size doors and then to assembled and disassembled in less than an hour. We see this system as a challenge to traditional architectural fabrication schemes and approaching a level of resolution and price to compete with existing interior wall systems.”
Credits images: Smith|Allen.