This year, ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of America) is celebrating its 100th Annual Meeting. To mark the occasion, Objet is today (actually, as we speak!) hosting a 48 hour, hands-on 3D printing workshop for Architectural professors and students, hosted at the MIT campus and Objet's Boston offices. This is the first time that both faculty and student members will be getting hands-on experience of Objet's advanced multi-material 3D printing capabilities.
Working in collaboration with MIT, ACSA and ACADIA, the Objet workshop, entitled 'Synthetic Landscapes' challenges participants to "create a unique component that combines with others to create a larger artifact that will be situated within a particular field condition".
Once they complete their designs and 3D printed models, the results of the workshop will be showcased at the Boston Park Plaza and formally presented at the 100th ACSA Annual Meeting.
Our trusty reporter Leah Kaplan is over in Boston right now and provides us with the latest juicy details:
"Thanks Sam. There’s something about the energy in a room where designers and architects are collaborating on a project. During the first day of Objet’s two day ACSA workshop, participants have gone through all of the emotions of working under the pressure of the clock. Initially the room was full of excitement as everyone learned a number of new CAD programs (Rhino, Grasshopper and Weaverbird).
The pizza for lunch was already here and gone and STL test files had to be completed and sent to the Objet Connex500 3D Printer for printing. Students and professors had to pick up the pace and start to narrow down their design choices. Eventually everyone got their test files uploaded and printed. (Check out their reactions below upon seeing their 3D printed test models for the first time).
After holding and examining their 3d printed test models, most participants quickly adapted their CAD files to reflect their newly found knowledge. The energy in the room was high as everyone got to experience the process of creating multiple design iteration in rapid time – something that's truly unique to 3D printing.
The afternoon was spent collaborating on the final model designs. Teams worked together after being assigned a plot on the field map (as shown in the top photo). Seeing the layout of the digital landscape helped to visualize the final project and moved the design process along. By the end of the night, which was around 10:30 pm, all of the participants had their STL file approved for 3D printing."
Stay tuned to find out what happens next! For real-time updates follow our live twitter stream at #ACSA100.