October 20, 2015
We are very happy to announce that on 30 September 2015 the Guinness World Record for the largest 3D printed structure was achieved by Parkview Green for the structure ‘VULCAN,’ designed by Laboratory of Creative Design, and exhibited at Parkview Green during Beijing Design Week.
VULCAN is situated within an equilateral triangle, and has symmetry of 120 degrees, 8.08m long by 2.88m tall. This tripodal pavilion is structured onto three inward arched tunnels, which lead to the central polyhedron core. With a sinuous membrane running all across its form, the aesthetics of the pavilion are majorly inspired from silkworm. The polygonal facets based on the simulation of silk and cocoon production were 3D printed with the help of 20 large 3D printers.
VULCAN consists of 1,086 unique 3D printed construction units and can be subdivided into three identical modules.
To assemble VULCAN, a team of over 20 people has been working tirelessly for more than 15 hours every day for the last month. This ingenious structure deserves the Guinness World Record!
“Laboratory for Creative Design,” or LCD, is a dynamic platform for education, innovation, culture, and exploration of design. LCD seeks to bring together the representatives of China’s creative elite, in the fields of design, arts, culture, and technology, working together to build a multidisciplinary creative research and design platform.
“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,” said Yu Lei of LCD. “This development will increasingly blur the boundaries between technology and art.”
We were very proud to have managed this project and to have played our part with assisting in the conceptualisation and execution of the final structure. It’s not every day you set a Guinness World Record…!