Why we love 3D printing: The London Skyscraper Workshop
We are incredibly excited with 3D printers and with what people do with them. 3D printing has been around for more than two decades, however the technology has become publicly accessible within the last couple of years. This Swift, from solely the hands of the industries and some privileged designers to the end user, has signified the beginning of a new era where anyone can get a hold of a tiny industry; a portable production unit.
Back in 2006, the "Fantasy London" competition by Digital Urban encouraged creativity in schools with a workshop where imaginary buildings for London were realized in 3D and placed in London online via Google Earth. Nowadays, domestic 3D Printers and Rapid 3D modelling opened up new possibilities by creating solid versions of dreams in just moments.
The last two summers Dr. Martin Austwick, Miki Beavis and I brought the 3D printing technology of CASA UCL to one of the most popular festivals in the UK, to play with the idea of reshaping the skyline of London. The workshop focused on 3D printing and collective urban design and took place at the Mad Hackers Tea Party in the Green Man Festival, alongside many wonderful workshops around science.
Within 3 days and a total of 15 hours we played with the impossible of what would a future London look like if it was designed by children. John, Anna, Lory and many more participated in the re-design of London's skyline contributing their own skyscraper for London.