3D concrete printing is a relatively new manufacturing technology, but one that holds great promise. Not only can you print large and complex structures, but you can do it in a short amount of time with less waste than traditional methods because mold making is eliminated from the process. The objects created from the 3D concrete printing can also be colored during the printing process. This led to the designer Philipp Aduatz, in collaboration with the Austrian manufacturer incremental3D, to create a collection of gradient benches, a chair and a large vase.
Coloring the concrete directly from the nozzle reduces labor, waste and time lag, so that 3D concrete printing has a compelling ecological and economic reason. Since concrete has only a very low tensile strength, the parts from the collection are reinforced with steel that is integrated into the construction.
Aduatz was inspired to use gradients specifically with gradients. He shares:
For many years I have been obsessed with the concept of a gradient that reflects elegance and harmony for me. I believe that the gradient is a fundamental design principle in relation to the perception of the environment and its digital reflection. It has a mathematical aesthetic and precision that I’ve always admired. With this project, I want to combine the design of the gradient with various functional objects through the use of innovative manufacturing technologies.
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