[VIDEO] Group 3D Prints Building Facade

February 18, 2021
A rendering of the front of the Southside branch. Image via Branch Technology.
A rendering of the front of the Southside branch. Image via Branch Technology.

Construction 3D printing company Branch Technology has printed a building facade for a financial institution in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was printed using robotic arm-based cellular fabrication (C-Fab) technology.

Once complete, pedestrians passing by the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union’s (TVFCU) new Southside branch will see the group’s signature “wave branding” incorporated into the design of the building itself. 

The facade panels will flow into each other in a wave-like pattern. Image via Branch Technology.

According to 3D Printing Industry, the team used computational design techniques to finalize the complex facade panels before preparing them for 3D printing at Branch’s 40,000-square foot manufacturing facility. Filled with a polymer-based fiber-reinforced composite material, the panels flow into each other to form a lightweight envelope with a wave-like pattern. 

While Branch Technology secures building contracts in the U.S., construction 3D printing is taking off in other parts of the world too, according to the article. Thailand-based cement business SCG recently 3D printed a 102m² co-working space with the aim of combining aesthetic textured surfaces and structural function. Located in Saraburi, Thailand, the building was designed using digital parametric modeling software and was partially 3D printed with recycled concrete waste.

Source: 3D Printing Industry, Branch Technology