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MAS 2017 / 18

Digital Metal: Deep Facade explores the unique potential of 3D printing sand mould and casting metal for architecture. We combine these two fabrication methods to make the production of custom and complex structural metal parts possible and affordable.


This course of the MAS Digital Fabrication is a two-month collective project to design and fabricate a 1:1 installation. This year, the course addressed the topic of a contemporary facade casted in metal, investigating the synergy between the geometric freedom offered by 3D printing and the tectonic logic of cast metal.

Students developed custom design tools to generate an algorithmic ornamental structure. The design of this structure plays with varying transparencies depending on the point of view and a graded filter of daylight, while integrating structural and fabrication constraints. The installation consists of 26 bespoke panels which are three dimensionally articulated and assembled to a 3.5m high wall – a deep facade. 

Digital Building Technologies

Teaching Team: Mania Aghaei Meibodi (course lead), Benjamin Dillenburger, Mario Rinke, Marirena Kladeftira, Thodoris Kyttas

Design to Fabrication team (Students): 

Barzani Sahar, Cena Martinez Fernando, Georgia Chousou, Enz Alexander, Jeong Moonyoung, Lin “Frank” Cheng-Huang, Lomaglio Matteo, Mitropoulou Ioanna, Nizar Taha, Okawa Haruna, Pastrana Jimenez Armando Rafael , Regalado Abascal Francisco, Jetana “Jet” Ruangjun, Su Jun, Wu Zong-Ru, Yao Wang, Yoo Angela​

Special thanks to our sponsors and partners:

Christenguss AG, DGS Druckguss-Systeme AG, ExOne Gmbh

Photo credits:

Jetana “Jet” Ruangjun (all images), Yao Wang (Right down)

Related research:

sand printing Digital Metal DBT
Digital Metal DBT
Digital Metal DBT
Casting Digital Metal DBT
Detail Digital Metal DBT
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