Video: Part 2 – 3D Printed Art and Architecture Made by Robots

KUKA Robotics Releases Part 2 of Gould Turner Group’s Playhouse Exhibit at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens


Gould Turner Group recently partnered with Branch Technology to create the first large-scale 3D printed cellular structure in the country for the Cheekwood International Playhouse Design Competition in Nashville, Tennessee. The exhibit showcased an outdoor playhouse inspired by the Cheek family’s visit to Spain during the 1920s and 1930s. The Gould Turner Group design team comprised of architecture graduates from the University of Tennessee, the University of PennsylvaniaKansas State University, and the University at Buffalo (SUNY). They used innovative materials and technology to provide a fun and visually mesmerizing  space for children. Branch Technology, a Chattanooga-based startup who uses a state-of-the-art Kuka Robotics arm to print large 3D structures, allowed GTG to create a free-form and lightweight structure that would have otherwise been extremely difficult to build using traditional methods of construction. It’s an exciting time for technology, which has the potential to revolutionize design and construction.

The design team at Gould Turner Group found that cross-pollination with other professionals, such as those in material science, is instrumental to challenge notions of high-performance building design and construction. Branch Technology’s related collaborations over the past year include the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL Group), who is developing one of the world’s first printed cars using the Cincinnati-based Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM). NYC based SHoP Architects has also partnered with Branch Technology to use the same 3D printed technology for an installation at the Miami Institute of Contemporary Art that aims to surpass the Casa d’Espanya exhibit in size. At the time it was designed, Casa d’Espanya was the largest cellular printed structure in the world.

Click here to view Part 1 of the KUKA Video



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