Just when everyone thought that 3D printing reached a whole new level with the 3D printed house in China, the latest exhibition entitled ‘3DXL’ at DX Toronto proves exactly why 3D printing needs to be taken very seriously. This temporary exhibition organized by Sara Nickleson, DX curator and director of collections, will run from the 14th of May to the 16th of August 2015. The exhibition aims to shed light on the various components of 3D printing and demonstrate its importance in varied fields like art, design, architecture, and even medicine.

Poster courtesy of DX Toronto

Poster courtesy of DX Toronto

The showcase in particular is on the application of 3D printing in the field of Architecture. The highlight here is the ‘Arabesque wall’, by the duo Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer. This wall has been created entirely with the help of 3D sand printing to the specification of micrometers, using a custom designed algorithm that allows the folding and re-folding of a surface until millions of individual surfaces can be custom created. This goes beyond any complex design that the human mind is capable of conceiving.

‘Arabesque wall’ image courtesy of Eugen Sakhnenko

About the ‘Arabesque wall’, DX President Shauna Levy says: “It almost looks like it could be a body part, it could be an organ, it could be baroque, and it’s a really interesting alternative way to presenting 3D printing.” Levy added: “Up until now, 3D printing has been almost behind a veil and has been a mystery to many people. We all think about how we live, how is 3D printing impacting that? It’s a technology that’s affecting our daily lives and will affect our daily lives in the future.” 3DXL is a one-of-its-kind exhibition featuring the potential of various 3D printed components. If you’re in Toronto, do not miss this large-scale 3D printing experience!

‘Arabesque wall’ image courtesy of Peter Andrew

By: Priyanka Shah

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