The newest 3D printing installation from Smith|Allen studios is an undulating pentagram design providing a unique spatial experience. With 222 custom 3D printed pieces, the design is a wall conjuring aesthetic principles in architecture and design while serving as a piece showcasing art’s intertwined relationship with technology. The structure forms out of an irregular tessellated pattern that blossoms into the undulation and manifests a navigation of space and perception adjusting when in proximity to the wall.
Using prints from Type A Machines Series 1 3D printers over the course of 38 days, Endograft appeared. The components ranged in print time from 6-12 hours each, and each part contains two sets of connection details. The connection details are unique to 3D printing capabilities and allow strong load bearing connections to be made between minimally filled parts in order to increase print efficacy. The modular nature of Endograft separates it from another Smith|Allen studio production, Echoviren. Deployable panels allows the installation to be shipped, stored, moved through standard size doors, and progress from disassembled to assembled in less than an hour.
Endograft is a gripping installation, a simple divide, that engages perspective with a dynamic spatial interaction. After a showing at the Interface Gallery in Oakland, CA, it was on display at the Bay Area Maker Faire 2014 in San Mateo, CA last weekend. One of the more exciting pieces of news to come from the studio is the exploration of mass production possibilities of interior partitions and other architectural applications using the same system in the near future. Artistic fabrication continues to move fluidly with manufacturing under the capabilities of 3D printing and studios like Smith|Allen producing work like Endograft.
Source: Smith | Allen