In BriefThe VULCAN is the world’s largest 3D-printed structure and represents a possible future for 3D printing in construction and architecture.
Large Scale 3D Printing
The VULCAN was unveiled in Beijing at Design Week 2015. The structure made history as the world’s largest 3D-printed architectural pavilion. Housed within the central atrium of Beijing’s Parkview Green, the structure was built by Laboratory of Creative Design (LCD) using 1,023 3D-printed constructive units. It stands 2.88 meters tall and 9.08 meters long (9.5 feet tall and 26.5 feet long). It took 30 days to print and 12 days to assemble.
VULCAN was subsequently awarded the title of the largest 3D-printed structure in the world by Guinness World Records. It is a product of LCD’s research into the spatial form of cocoons for application in 3D printing, and demonstrates the firm’s revolutionary construction methods.
LCD architect Yu Lei spoke on the future of architecture and 3D printing, saying “VULCAN represents a new reality – that modern architects are able to achieve their ideal design quality from concept to construction using digital design and fabrication methodologies. This development will increasingly blur the boundaries between technology and art.”