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    Europe’s first underwater restaurant “Under” at the Norwegian coastline is half-sunken in the sea

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    GROHE Atrio Icon 3D handed over to the owner of “Under” Stig Ubostad. Copyright - Bjarne Røyland

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    The ultra-thin spout of the GROHE Atrio Icon 3D makes the water flow look like a magical, optical illusion. Copyright - Bjarne Røyland

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    Inger Marie Grini and Bo Bedre Norge

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    Inger Marie Grini and Bo Bedre Norge

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    3D Printed Pedestrian Bridge - XWG Arch-Studio

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    3D Printed Pedestrian Bridge - XWG Arch-Studio

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    Unknown Works, Scotts

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    Rive Roshan, Stilled Life Exhibition

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The world of 3D: 2019’s most read stories

Georgina Johnston
17 Dec 2019

3D has made its mark across the globe, from a 3D printed bridge, a 3D fish and chip shop and a 3D tap in an underwater restaurant

Tap into the first under-water restaurant’s 3D wonder

GROHE’s first 3D metal-printed tap, at Europe’s first underwater restaurant “Under”, provides a new interactive experience with water. 

In Lindesnes, at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, a 34m long monolithic form is half-sunken in the sea. The building, which is reminiscent of a periscope, is Europe’s first underwater restaurant “Under”. At “Under”, guests can dine five meters below the water surface with a panoramic view of the North Atlantic Ocean. Now, this experience becomes even more special as, in the bathrooms, GROHE has installed a number of its first 3D metal-printed taps, the Atrio Icon 3D. “’Under” is a mystic place. Outside, you have the rough Norwegian landscape and then you dive into the restaurant with its fascinating atmosphere and special lighting.

World’s largest concrete 3D Printed Pedestrian Bridge completed

On January 12, 2019, the world’s largest concrete 3D printed pedestrian bridge was completed in the Wisdom Bay Industrial Park, Baoshan District, Shanghai. The project was designed and developed by the team of Professor Xu Weiguo from Tsinghua University, School of Architecture, Zoina Land Joint Research Center for Digital Architecture, and was jointly built with Shanghai Wisdom Bay Investment Management Company.

The length of the pedestrian bridge is 26.3m and the width is 3.m. The structure of the bridge is inspired by the ancient Anji Bridge in Zhaoxian, China. It adopts the structure of a single arch to bear the load, and the distance between the abutments is 14.4m. Before the bridge’s printing process, a 1:4 scale physical model was built to carry out the structure failure testing, which proved the bridge’s strength can meet the load requirements of holding pedestrians crowding over the whole bridge.

Shipping the chippie to China in 3D

Fish and chip shops from around the UK were 3D scanned by London and Hong Kong based creative studio Unknown Works, and then digitally replicated to form the active, unfolding facade of this concept restaurant in Chengdu, China.

When Xi Jinping visited Scott’s Fish and Chip shop in York in 2015, the restaurant gained a new and international audience and a deal was struck to take the chippie to China, making it the first of its kind in the country.

The concept was formalised through 3D scans of existing textures, patinas, interiors and exteriors of a variety of fish and chip restaurants around the UK, including the original Scotts. Meticulous details and idiosyncrasies such as ornate facades, joinery details, salt shakers, fishy trinkets and even down to wallpaper textures have been digitally captured and replicated. The digital point cloud data collected through lidar scanning and photogrammetry were processed to form a library of architectural elements that form the facades for Scott’s TKL.

New York, New Paltz, New Labs

The $13.5 million, 19,500ft² EIH houses faculty research and teaching labs, and state-of-the-art 3D print prototyping labs to support the engineering programme and Urbahn Architects and PC Construction partnering with SUNY New Paltz and HVAMC. The building is designed to meet a LEED Silver sustainability certification.

The new hub will support and diversify the College’s rapidly growing engineering programs, and foster collaboration between the college and local industry. This investment is projected to yield a regional economic impact of more than $75 million, and approximately 195 jobs across 10 years. The Engineering Innovation Hub will significantly aid SUNY New Paltz in educating engineering students who will provide technological leadership in the Hudson Valley. It will also assist the wide variety of regional companies that make use of our state-of-the-art 3D printing technology and expert staff.

The HVAMC’s collection of 3D printers constitutes some of the most advanced technology at any academic laboratory in the United States. The College is the first institution of higher education in the nation to be designated a Stratasys-MakerBot Additive Research & Teaching or SMART lab by Stratasys, the world’s leading 3D printing hardware and systems company. 

Stilled Life and rippling water

Through the use of water, glass and sand, Rive Roshan creates beauty and serenity in a modern sculpture garden that allures visitors into an immersive, sensorial experience with a walk through fragrance in which they can enjoy a moment of peace and reflection. It is designed to connect people with nature and each other, and bears similarities to Rive Roshan’s earlier work that used glass and textiles to explore the effects of reflection, light and shadow. Stilled Life was created from various individuals and concepts, including 3D printed sand techniques that created objects like tables, a chair, a floor standing mirror and vessels that included different patterns of ripples. The pieces were designed from images and movements in nature as well as innovative fashion creations that capture complex geometries in movement.

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