Thallus, a groundbreaking project, emerged as a result of the pioneering partnership between ZHA Code, Odico A/S, and AI Build. This project, unveiled during Milan Design Week in 2017, pushed the boundaries of 3D printing technology. It delved into the realm of hybrid 3D printing, enabling the creation of intricate designs on complex, curved surfaces that were previously unattainable using conventional methods.
The innovative process behind Thallus involved Odico's advanced EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) form, crafted using Odico's unique wire-cutting technology. This EPS form was transported to London and then mounted on an external axis, serving as the foundation for a meticulous robot-assisted 3D print using a staggering 7 kilometers of filament. The result is a mesmerizing, dynamic sculpture that beautifully showcases the synergy between manufacturing techniques and generative design processes.
Thallus for White in the City stands as a testament to the limitless potential of collaborative innovation in the world of 3D printing, offering a glimpse into the future of design and production.