The possibilities of 3D printing
Architectural model case: Utzon Center's Fatamogana
3D printed scale models of a ambitious never-realised project, for a museum exhibition
The exhibition 'Fatamorgana' at Utzon Center in Aalborg is about a joint-venture project by world renown architect Jørn Utzon and artist Asger Jorn. Only sketches of the 1960's buildings exist today. Exhibition-architect Jacob Hilmer made computer models from the sketches, making it possible to 3D print the physical models of the buildings.
Seeing the 1:50 scale models in real life, makes the understanding of the complex buildings much easier than two-dimensional sketches.
The process of making the ambitious models was relatively straight forward: Jacob Hilmer sent us the computer models in a CAD file - which we analysed to give a project price and delivery time. Afterwards Aniso divided the model into printable pieces, and sent pictures as the project progressed, to accommodate small adjustments.
Both models are made of laser-cut sheets and 3D printed hollow shells - the shells were painted after assembly, to ensure a consistent soft white tone.
"The FATAMORGANA exhibition uses a different approach to show Jørn Utzons architectual universe. It's a dive into history, but also an opening to new possibilities, when working digitally with the material from the Utzon archives."
The high speed of the process, combined with hollowing of the parts, allowed for such a cost- effective model-making, that Utzon Center decided to have two big 3D-printed models made for the exhibition, rather than just one.
Press the button below to see a preview of how the model pieces were 3D printed in Aniso's large scale process.