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

LCD's VULCAN Awarded Guinness World Record for Largest 3D Printed Structure
LCD's VULCAN Awarded Guinness World Record for Largest 3D Printed Structure, Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design and Beijing Design Week
Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design and Beijing Design Week

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 individually printed segments, the structure was 9.08 meters long and 2.88 meters tall, and took 30 days to print and a further 12 days to assemble. The pavilion was on display earlier this month at Beijing Design Week, located in Beijing's Parkview Green retail center.

Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design and Beijing Design Week Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design and Beijing Design Week Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design and Beijing Design Week Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design and Beijing Design Week + 19

Named after the Roman god of fire, according to the architects "VULCAN symbolizes a sense of fear of and respect for the unpredictable forces of nature, while suggesting the fragility and courage of human civilization." The structure is based on LCD's research into the spatial form of cocoons, resulting in the delicate filaments criss-crossing many the of the panels. The design was also eminently practical, able to be split into three smaller parts enabling a range of different programs to take place inside.

Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design and Beijing Design Week
Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design and Beijing Design Week
Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design and Beijing Design Week
Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design and Beijing Design Week

“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," explained LCD Architect Yu Lei. "This development will increasingly blur the boundaries between technology and art.”

Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design and Beijing Design Week
Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design and Beijing Design Week
Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design and Beijing Design Week
Courtesy of Laboratory for Creative Design and Beijing Design Week

However, in spite of holding the official world record, VULCAN is just one of a constellation of experiments in 3D printing at scale. It is unclear, for example, why Guinness World Records overlooked WinSun's 3D printed buildings completed earlier this year - though this perhaps has something to do with WinSun's liberal use of non-3D printed components. Another potential challenger to LCD's design will be Dus Architects' 3D printed canal house in Amsterdam, which has been in development since 2014 but has yet to begin full-scale construction.

Story via Beijing Design Week, H/T Inhabitat

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Cite: Rory Stott. "LCD's VULCAN Awarded Guinness World Record for Largest 3D Printed Structure" 28 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/776169/lcds-vulcan-awarded-guinness-world-record-for-largest-3d-printed-structure/> ISSN 0719-8884
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