Arup's 3D-Printed Outdoor Sundial Morphs with New Solar Data

By: Laura McQuarrie - May 17, 2016
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Outdoor sundials are an ancient method of telling time, but global engineering firm Arup has found a way to make the technology feel fresh again with 3D printing.

Arup's 'Sundial by Prescription' takes inspiration from a design created in collaboration with the urban and architectural designers from Prescription. The design was created specifically for Amsterdam and unlike a traditional sundial that only has one upright element, this concept boasts a fan-like form that resembles a blossoming flower.

While small-scale sundials are suited to tracking the hourly positions of the sun, with incoming data from the sun, this dynamic structure from Arup and Prescription is able to take on new shapes based on the sun's position during a certain part of the year.