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This Insanely Complex 3-D Printed Room Will Make Your Jaw Drop

•, By Colin Lecher

This room, conceived and created by architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger, might not be the world's first 3-D printed structure. But the design, which they call Digital Grotesque, is almost definitely the most ambitious: computer algorithms designed the 3.2-meter-tall, 16-square-meter room, which has a whopping 260 million (!) surfaces. And instead of being made of plastic (3-D printing's go-to material), it's printed from sand. Plus, it looks incredible--much more like a real-life, human-built room than any other 3-D printed structure, albeit one that's half Roman temple, half H.R. Giger nightmare.

"We think it's the world's first 3-D printed room," Hansmeyer tells us in an email, "in the sense that it's fully structural and has a complex surface, it's self-supporting, and it's massive (11 tons)."

To create Digital Grotesque, Hansmeyer and Dillenburger first relinquished some control of the project to math. The duo used algorithms to let computers randomly design the room, which was printed in Zurich. (The team designed an overarching model, but many of the details are the work of algorithms.)

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