3D Printed Berkeley-Rupp Prize

Berkeley-Rupp Prize

Emerging Objects designed the physical representation of Berkeley—Rupp Prize for Architecture. It is a 3d object fabricated under the new paradigm of additive manufacturing to represent a new worldview about the role of architects in society.

Print in Wood

Print in Wood

Tokyo’s Kabuku Inc. has released a new, wood-like 3D printing material at their Rinkak Marketplace. This wood like material is made from wood chips and features a warm appearance, but requires that 3D models be built with added thickness.

Exoskeleton Pavilion Parametric Design Digital Fabrication


The structural design of ‘Exoskeleton’, a pavilion exploring the possibilities of computer-aided manufacturing in prototyping, is a proposal by students of University of Ghent that addresses full-scale construction with limited resources.

Centennial Chromagraph Data Spatialization and Computational Craft

Centennial Chromagraph

This paper by Adam Marcus describes the design, fabrication, and assembly process of Centennial Chromagraph: a large-scale installation recently constructed for the centennial anniversary of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture.

80Hz interactive sound pavilion


Thomas Wing-Evans has created an interactive sound pavilion in collaboration with the DX Lab for the State Library of New South Wales in Australia, which takes paintings from the library’s collection and turns them into music.

3D Printed Prosthetics

3D Printed Prosthetics

William Root, a recent graduate from Pratt Institute in New York City, has developed a system to 3D print super-lightweight prosthetic legs with stealth styling. Called Exo, Root’s prosthetic concept combines his interests in aesthetics and biomechatronics.

Robotic Fabrication Of Acoustic Brick Walls

Acoustic Brick Walls

The paper by Maximilian Vomhof, Lauren Vasey, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Stefan Bräuer, Kurt Eggenschwiler and Jürgen Strauss presents research on a robotically fabricated acoustic wall system, “Acoustic Brick Wall”.

Shading With Folded Surfaces Designing with material, visual and digital considerations

Folded Shadings

This paper by Nancy Yen-wen Cheng describes the design of origami-inspired window shades, part of the Shaping Light project that explores how adjustable surface structures can modulate light levels and heat gain in response to the changing seasons.

The Picoroco Block modular 3D printed building block

Picoroco Block

The Picoroco Block™ by Emerging Objects is a modular 3D printed building block for wall fabrication printed from sand. Each block is 12″X12″X12″ and dimensional variability is possible using the 3D printing process.

Twisted Lamp Grasshopper3d Definition Digital Fabrication

Twisted Lamp

In this grasshopper definition, you can customize a parametric lamp (height, frame and ribs thickness).You can also generate the final curves to cut with CNC, laser-cut, etc.

BUGA Wood Pavilion Digital Fabrication

BUGA Wood Pavilion

The BUGA Wood Pavilion celebrates a new approach to digital timber construction. Its segmented wood shell is based on biological principles found in the plate skeleton of sea urchins, which have been studied by ICD and ITKE at the University of Stuttgart.

From Bones to Bricks, Designing the 3D Printed Durotaxis Chair and La Burbuja Lamp

Bones to Bricks

This paper “From Bones to Bricks” by Alvin Huang describes design and fabrication of Durotaxis Chair and La Burbuja Lamp inspired from the variable density structures of bones and the self-supported cantilvers of corbelled brick arches.

Adaptive Fabrication Cellular Concrete Casting Using Digital Moulds

Adaptive Fabrication

This paper by Zubin Khabazi and Michael Budig will present a research, focusing on the use of concrete through the development of a custom-designed device, which is an adjustable digital mould. 

Construction system for reversible self-formation of gridshells

Reversible Gridshells

This paper by Efilena Baseta and Klaus Bollinger presents a construction system which offers an efficient materialization method for double-curved gridshells. This results in an active-bending system of controlled deflections.

LCD's VULCAN Pavilion Awarded Guinness World Record for Largest 3D Printed Structure

VULCAN Pavilion

Guinness World Records has awarded the title of “largest 3D printed structure” to VULCAN, a temporary pavilion designed by the Beijing-based Laboratory for Creative Design (LCD). Made up of 1023 printed segments, structure was 9.08 meters long.

Design, fabrication and assembly of Caret 6, a modern Gothic vault

Caret 6

This paper by Kory Bieg tracks the design, fabrication and assembly of Caret 6, a modern Gothic vault project designed using advanced digital software and CNC fabrication technologies.

FabTools Grasshopper3d Plugin for Fabrication


FabTools by Florian Frank is a set of Clusters, that enhances the ability of Grasshopper. The Tools are for fabrication purposes in Grasshopper and improve your workflow and accelerate your scripting tasks.

Integrative Computational Design Methodologies For Modular Architectural Fiber Composite Morphologies

Composite Morphologies

This paper by Achim Menges et al. examines the framework of computational design methodologies incorporating material, structure, fabrication and morphogenetic principles for design and digital fabrication of lightweight fiber composite components.

Stone Pavilion Uses Traditional Form And Technology

Stone Pavilion

New Fundamentals Research Group, in partnership with S.N.B.R., designed and fabricated a stone vaulted pavilion for Rocalia, a natural stone fair held in Lyon. The structure’s foundation is a network of catenary curves which inform the vaults.

Experimental Biocomposite Pavilion, Segmented Shell Construction, Design, Material Development and Erection

Biocomposite Pavilion

This paper by Hanaa Dahy, Piotr Baszyński and Jan Petrš presents a process of realizing an experimental structure made from biocomposites which were synthesized from lignocellulosic flexible core reinforced by 3D-veneer layers.

The Programmed Column Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication

Programmed Column 2

Based on the findings of the elective course “The Programmed Column 1”,the students of Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich were challenged to design and fabricate 3 prototypical brick columns of 4m height each within a 4 week workshop.

3D Printing Architectural Panel

3D Printed Panels

Interior architect Michelle Wempe of Zumahoo discovered the technical capabilities of the company Concretworks and with it how to create a three-dimensional architectural panel, creating a semi-opaque divider.

Designing with gradients: bio-inspired computation for digital fabrication

Designing with Gradients

This paper presents a novel generative model that can create functional and expressive geometries by evolving volumetric gradient patterns. Using three case studies, authors demonstrate the key advantages of their approach.

Biomimetic Lightweight Timber Plate Shells: Computational Integration of Robotic Fabrication, Architectural Geometry and Structural Design

Biomimetic Shells

This paper by Achim Menges, Jan Knippers et. al. pursues the development and construction of a robotically fabricated, lightweight timber plate system through a biologically informed, integrative computational design method.

UNDULATUS: design and fabrication of a self-interlocking modular shell structure based on curved-line folding

Modular Shell Structure

Curved-line folding is the act of folding a flat sheet of material along a curved crease pattern in order to create a three-dimensional shape. The pavilion presented in this paper by Stijn Brancart et al. integrates this principle in a kit-of-parts system.

Flexible Systems Flexible Design, Material and Fabrication: The AIA pavilion as a case study

Flexible Systems

This paper by Gernot Riether and Knox Jolly is about the fabrication process of the DesCours pavilion. The construction process will be used to show how parametric software, such as Grasshopper can inform fabrication and material systems.

Performative Morphology in Architecture

Performative Morphology

The first part of this paper by Achim Menges focuses on the explanation of the theoretical framework of ICD’s approach to design computation, which finds its conceptual roots in the integrative processes of biological becoming.

Aguahoja Programmable Biocomposites for Digital Fabrication


Neri Oxman and MIT have developed programmable water-based biocomposites for digital design and fabrication. Named Aguahoja, the project has exhibited both a pavilion and a series of artifacts constructed from molecular components.

3D printed focus lamps

Focus Lamps

Cozi studio debuts with textural 3D printed focus lamps. Selective laser sintering is an additive 3D printing process that uses a high-power laser to sinter powdered material — typically plastic or metal — into a three-dimensional form.

Bandsawn Bands Feature-Based Design and Fabrication of Nested Freeform Surfaces in Wood

Bandsawn Bands

This article by Ryan Luke Johns and Nicholas Foley, illustrates a materially efficient technique for designing and fabricating freeform surfaces within the constraints of irregular wood flitches. The process utilizes a robotically operated bandsaw.