Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printed Benches

2020-01-31

Tessa Blokland  

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Although 3D printed textured outside seatings may not be very practical in use (surface is not smooth, water and dirt stick to it) I do like the aging effect it will give over time. The rough surface will become smoother on the spots that will be used often, flora will grow on the not-used areas. The benches will become part of the environment and blend into the surroundings. Here are some examples of 3D printed textured concrete benches of which I am very curious to see how they will age with time. An open request to the designers and architects, as well as manufacturers of these benches to share the aging process!

RRRolling Stones are a series of 3D printed concrete seats, similar to benches, but with the added versatility to accommodate various seating styles. Architecture and design group HANNAH wanted to highlight the practical side of 3D printing technology. Despite being largely concrete and steel with rebar reinforcement for load-bearing, the graphic styled seats are light, so that the park visitors can move them around and put them together during major events to form a connected seating area.

Most concrete objects require a mold for shaping, whereas with these 3D printed concrete benches, German Studio 7.5 were able to create patterns that would be very expensive and challenging to create using only a mold. And the result is amazing! The large scale 3D printing was done by XtreeE.

Joe Doucet designed Rely, a 3D printed concrete bench that not only looks nice in the area but also functions as a barrier to protect public spaces from vehicle-led terrorist attacks. I am sure these virgin white benches will soon be covered with graffiti, so they will even more blend into the visually noisy cityscape.

Thai designer Anon Pairot used a special SCG cement formula from Thailand’s Siam Cement Group to create a number of 3D printed concrete garden benches. The benches were printed on a 3D printer from Italian large-scale printing specialist WASP.

The last project that grabbed my attention is situated in Saudi Arabia, at Diryah Season in the Al-Turaif District. Sandwaves, as the project is called, is designed by Chris Precht and Mamou-Mani Architects. The benches consist out of two parts: the sitting part is not 3D printed, whereas the ribbon-like structure is 3D printed from sand and furan resin. For both architects, the use of sand was quite obvious for the waves, since it is the most common raw material around and it also responded to local building traditions. I am very curious how these will age over time since I am more used to heavy rains and moist weather.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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