Often when we picture 3D printing we imagine it at the scale of a prototype. However, Michael Hansmeyer and Dylan Dillenburger took all scale off the table when they built their project called “Digital Grotesque” from the ground up.

Arch2o-Digital Grotesque  Michael Hansmeyer and Dylan Dillenburger  (20)

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This full-scale 3D printed room was “materialized by custom designed algorithms. Using computer based data input [and] a geometric mesh of 260 million specified micro-details” into one monumental feat of digitally fabricated architecture.

Arch2o-Digital Grotesque  Michael Hansmeyer and Dylan Dillenburger  (26)

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A sandstone 3D printer uses sand as its support material instead of the commonly used wax, or scaffolding found in other types of 3D printing machines.

Arch2o-Digital Grotesque  Michael Hansmeyer and Dylan Dillenburger  (28)

Courtesy of Michael Hansmeyer and Dylan Dillenburger

This makes for the ability to manufacture projects in a single piece at a large scale, recyclability and easy cleanup of the support material. This Method of printing recently emerged, and now in the hands of great forward-thinking individuals like Michael Hansmeyer and Dylan Dillenburger seemingly conceptual and unbuildable masterpieces are being 3D printed.

By Ariela Lenetsky

Courtesy of Michael Hansmeyer and Dylan Dillenburger

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