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ZHA's Thallus Sculpture Shows 3D Printing's Artistic Possibilities

 - May 22, 2017
References: zaha-hadid & archdaily
Take a close look at Zaha Hadid Architects' Thallus and you'll notice something atypical of a 3D-printed object. While many contemporary designs formed from additive manufacturing techniques can have quite complex-looking structures, it's a very different thing to consider the changing density of the looping latticework in this creation.

Further experiments in robotic-assisted design have made this elaborate ribbon-like meshwork possible, which blooms from a solid base into an intricate system of rounded voids. The material is actually a 7km long strip that's been wire-cut and pleated over and over itself into this ornate texture, uniquely bound together into bunches.

Thallus is a fascinating white form that demonstrates what innovation is progressing, with implications for structural design, art, and everything in between.