April 3, 2014

Based on Mobile Homestead by the late artist Mike Kelley, Ioan Florea created a 3D printed house that traveled from Illinois to Manhattan, N.Y., on an 18-wheeler flatbed truck.

Florea, a Romanian-born artist, uses 3D printers to print plastic and use thm as blueprints. He expands them into large resin molds, which are enlarged 20 to 30 times. He developed a process that produces what he calls a "liquid-metal" finish. He uses nano-materials that dictate to the paint and polymers how to behave. These nano-materials create internal three-dimensional structures. He also used ultralight materials that appear to defy gravity and nano-pigments with smart properties. Then, he uses transfer techniques to attach the shapes to a canvas.

All of these in combination with the 3D printing technology, allows him to rapidly create very intricate shapes that cannot be reproduced by hand.

On the way to New York, a visit was made in Youngstown, Ohio, at America Makes NAMII (National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute) , where Ioan Florea donated some art for permanent display. The 3D printed house was created through a collaboration between Voxeljet AG and the artist. In the process one of the largest industrial 3D printers in existence, courtesy of Voxeljet AG was used, in combination with Florea's original 3D liquid metal transfer technique.

Part of the exhibition is the 3D printed liquid metal Ford Torino by Ioan Florea, making the transition from assembly line mass production to mass customization reflecting the Postfordism.

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G wrote at 4/7/2014 12:41:18 AM:

Sadly as architecture has been 'expanding' it has been flooded with scripting. It's one reason I left the field, they seem to think this is the future. Consider it the modern dymaxion house concept.

Dean wrote at 4/6/2014 5:32:58 AM:

Seriously, I know 3D printers are great at expressing “organic shapes”, but why do so many examples have to be… well frankly, ugly? I think a lot of these exhibitions, at a subconsciously level, are giving 3D printers a creepy connotation.

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