The stakes of large scale 3D printing

If 3D printing – or additive manufacturing – represents a set of mature technologies in many industries now it still remains new and it keeps growing. For it, maturity does not mean stopping its growth, and even less the beginning of the decline. Whether in medicine or aviation it seems that everything remains to be done even if we already know a lot about it… but what about the additive manufacturing on a large scale? What are its challenges, its specificities, its scientific or technological obstacles? Besides from what size an approach can she be defined as a ‘large-scale’ one. Philippe Morel, tried during this talk, to review what’s already existing in that field, but also, and especially, to technically and conceptually consider the future of large scale additive manufacturing.

Philippe Morel is the Head of the DESIGN by DATA Advanced Master Scientific and Educational Committee.

About Philippe Morel :
Philippe Morel is an architect and theorist, cofounder of EZCT Architecture & Design Research (2000) and more recently (2015) of the Large-scale 3D printing corporation XtreeE (where he serves as Chairman). He is currently an Associate Professor at the ENSA Paris-Malaquais where he directs the Master program within the Digital Knowledge department (http://dk-digital-knowledge.com/ ; cofounded with Pr. Christian Girard), as well as the Head of the scientific and pedagogical committee of the Advanced Master in Computational Design and Making at the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech. He was until last year both an invited Research Cluster and MArch Diploma Unit Master at UCL Bartlett. Prior to the Bartlett he has taught at the Berlage Institute (Seminar and Studio) and at the AA (HTS Seminar and AADRL Studio). His long lasting interest in the elaboration of a Theory of Computational Architecture is well expressed by some of his first published essays (including The Integral Capitalism, 2000-2002; Research On the Biocapitalist Landscape, 2002; Notes on Algorithmic Design, 2003; Notes on Computational Architecture, 2004; A Few Precisions on Architecture and Mathematics, Mathematica Day, Henri Poincare Institute, Paris, January 2004; or Forms of Formal Languages: Introduction to Algorithmics and Bezier Geometry with Mathematica, 2005). Philippe Morel lectured in various places (including MIT Department of Architecture, A Few Remarks on Epistemology and Computational Architecture, Lecture, March 2006; Architectural Association, Information Takes Command, 2007; The Laws of Thought, 2008; Pangaea Proxima, 2008; or recently What is computationalism?, 2012). In February 2007, he curated the exhibition Architecture beyond Forms: The Computational Turn of Architecture at the Maison de l’architecture et de la ville PACA in Marseille. Explicitly departing from Eisenman’s dissertation The Formal Basis of Modern Architecture (1963) the exhibition addressed both historically and theoretically the linguistic and computational turns in architectural design. Philippe Morel book Empiricism & Objectivity: Architectural Investigations with Mathematica (2003-2004), subtitled A Coded Theory for Computational Architecture, exhibited at ScriptedByPurpose (Philadelphia, Sept. 2007), is to be considered the first architectural theory book entirely written in code. EZCT work, present in the FRAC Centre and Centre Pompidou permanent collections, as well as in private collections, has been presented recently in the exhibition Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital at the Museum of Arts and Design in NY.

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