The Future in 3D

This essay describes and examines the impact of digital technologies on the relations of design and manufacturing processes on behalf of a view of digital technologies through developments in modeling capabilities, manufacturing techniques, material science, and design strategies. The digital era reached by the technological developments in different fields of science influenced the field of architecture, just like the others. So a new kind of spatial and tectonic quality in architecture is emerging with the lately introduced design tools and materials that are new to the building industry, while redefining the role of architect in this current time. The evolutionary processes of Contour Crafting and D-Shape, being the newest processes in 3D printing in architecture, are represented with realized examples and ideas that may one day be realistic, and if these technologies in the future can be the constructing methods for all buildings, and what is the roll of the architect in the process.

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