Laser Cut Computational Architecture

3D Printing & Imaging
Laser Cut Computational Architecture

Photographs of Michael Hansmeyer’s latest work in computational architecture could easily be mistaken for a computer rendering. Weighing about 2,000 pounds, Michael’s take on the classic Doric column is composed of between 8 to 16 million polygons created by repeatedly applying a smoothing algorithm to an existing column model. Surpassing the upper limit of most 3D printing facilities, Michael decided use a laser cutter to cut out around 2700 1mm think sections, which are then stacked one on top of the other. [Thanks, Jon!]

14 thoughts on “Laser Cut Computational Architecture

  1. Miguel says:

    This is amazing. It looks like dragon skin.

  2. Anonymous says:


  3. Anonymous says:

    What’s the material? Looks like paper?

    Really amazing application of the technology, very nice!

  4. Halfvast Conspirator says:

    “is comprised of” == FAIL

  5. Gary says:

    Buildings have to be painted. WHAT will this look like after it is painted?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Details, Details, Details!

  7. Keith Wilson says:

    Great art…looks like if someone wanted to paint, the only way is to spray paint???

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