Killa Design: 3D printing the buildings of tomorrow

Killa Design: 3D printing the buildings of tomorrow


Ultmaker helped us to innovate
the way we design our projects Because it helped to visualize the
projects and to be much clearer and faster I’ve been in Dubai for now 20 years And then I started killa design
about four and a half years ago We are doing buildings which are timeless sustainable Attribute to the urban grain and the city as a whole While designing the Office of the
Future, which is a 3D printed building It’s actually the first occupied 3D
printed office building in the world We were working with a 3D
printing concrete company in China That had the elements which they said, you got to deal with these elements and these constraints We were using 3d printers as well to kind of
understand how we could use these cassettes. The client was also very excited about
that we were using 3D printing in the office And at the same time they were
3D printing the concrete cassettes That we’re going to actually make the building together At the same time we were
designing the Museum of the Future And the Museum of the Future is
an incredibly complicated building In fact last year it won the most complicated, or
voted the most complicated building in the world which is being build currently Frankly, the floor plates of the only thing
which are flat in the entire building Everything else is curvaceous the overall form is parametrically designed And then we took the calligraphy, and we
needed to apply it to yet another 3D form You need your brain to work in a
complete three-dimensional environment As much as your brain can be
good, you have some limitation That’s why we had to have some external tools In that case our 3D printer was extremely helpful At the entrance of the Museum of the Future There is a big sculpture of His
Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s hand The sculpture is around 12 meters high it’s going to be like completely polished
with a stainless steel chrome finish Any single mistake will be reflected and you will see it So we started with the first model and we brought
that actually to the workshop with the manufacturer and together we looked at the 3D model and we we marked the areas that needed to be fixed Even by touching the model you could actually see,
Okay, there is a bit of a bump here We literally took notes with the marker on the 3D model So then we came back to the
office, optimized again, 3D print again another session with a manufacturer
and eventually then we got the final shape which is actually under construction right now Five or six years ago I was still used to do a physical model by hand And obviously you have big limitation on shape and time while having an Ultimaker 3D printer,
it helps us to innovate the process of design and eventually will help us to coordinate problems
much clearer and to have a better project at the end


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