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Reimagining & Redesigning Windward with 3D Printers

 Strolling around the Windward campus on a sunny day, such is the case most days, you can’t help but notice the amazing architecture of many of the newer buildings- the CTL included. Many buildings include expansive window panelling, letting large amounts of natural sunlight in; trees and various plants line the perimeter of every building. The etching in concrete bricks that line walkways; these details are thoughtful and well planned.

Although these buildings are already gorgeous, ninth grader Sydney Oppenheim, suggested a building design project with the idea of campus expansion in mind. In Katie Thoma’s 3-D Design class, students are doing just that: reimagining and re-designing various buildings on campus.

Here was their process:

  • Using their iPads, students took pictures of buildings around campus to use as reference

  • Redesigned buildings and created a 2D sketch in their notebooks

  • Built a 3D model in paper

  • Built a 3D model in Rhino

  • Using the 3D printers in the Exploration studio, print/built a physical representation of the building.

Check out their work!


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This was a great challenge, very hands on for the students and probably a lot of fun too. 3d printing must be an amazing tool for architecture. It looks like the paper versions are much bigger than the prints, would be nice to use the same scale to show the difference in precision a 3D printer can provide to the task.

Mar 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCloupor

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