Bringing Film Production into the Future: The World’s First Studio with 3D Printing and LED Lights

By emulating manual manufacturing techniques, 3D printing utilizes digital models to create custom three-dimensional objects using an additive manufacturing process. This technology allows architects to explore new forms and structures, as well as materials, and opens new possibilities for creativity. Steadily expanding its capabilities, 3D printing is merging with other technologies to create new applications and typologies. This is evident in the efforts of Philipp Aduatz who has a unique approach that combines 3D printed structures that are textured with LED lighting, adding a new layer of complexity that will allow the development of the world’s first 3D printed film studio.

The 3D printing process combines manual and automated methods to build an impressive concrete wall with an innovative mortar that is made of white cement. Out of a total of sixty individual segments the wall was created using ten segments, which arise from six units that were stacked. The wavy segments are put together easily with a hand. They are screwed in each horizontal plane using a screwdriver to ensure that the wall is easily disassembled in the future.

Integration of 3D Printing using LED Lighting

Philipp Aduatz sought an innovative method of combining 3D printing with LED lighting, unlocking the new possibilities of interior design. This material mix combines the concrete wall-630 cm width, 330 cm depth, and 230 cm height with a central lighting system that is comprised of 14 LED strips that are placed horizontally in prefabricated joints. The lights are controlled by the RGB color space and can be programmed to change between multiple colors or gradients.

A Green Alternative

In contrast to traditional concrete construction methods that require a lot of materials, 3D printing’s cost-effective properties provide a sustainable alternative. The construction of interior spaces in this manner doesn’t require any formwork materials where only the necessary materials are used, keeping waste to a minimum. Furthermore, the design of the studio does not require reinforcements, thereby facilitating any further recycling.

Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries Group sought to create a unique interior design. They commissioned Philipp Aduatz to design the strategy and create the first 3D-printed film studio. The project was created in collaboration with set designer Dominik Freynschlag and 3D concrete printing company incremental3d.

This article is part of ArchDaily Topics Light in Architecture. It was presented by Vitrocsa which is the pioneer of minimalist windows Vitrocsa has been designing since 1992.

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The lighting technology can be seamlessly integrated into the wall design by using LED stripes with the same thickness and print layers. The entire array of LED elements is connected to the studio’s lighting system using computer-aided control, making the best use of the technology’s advantages. The design is not just capable of exploring new design challenges as well as allowing the use of technology in a new method that creates the possibilities of new ideas and provides a unique setting.

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