Formnext, the leading trade show for Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing, is not only a forum for groundbreaking technological innovations and services; it‘s also the right place to showcase spectacular applications. An outstanding project is the cellular altar project by architect Oliver Tessin and studio "Empfangshalle", presented by FIT as a fine example of 3D printed art and design.
The extraordinary artwork has been designed by Oliver Tessin for the gothic church St Laurentius in a small parish in Bavaria. The technical realization is bring executed by FIT. Within a few weeks‘ time, the so-called retable will impress spectators with its height of 8 meters in the altar room. Its filigree structure integrates harmoniously into the church context.
Gothic architecture meets 3D printing
The data model has been created using computational design by Oliver Tessin, whereas the artists Corbinian Böhm and Michael Gruber from Studio Empfangshalle are resonsible for the artistic concept of the object and the entire church modernization. The technical development and realization is in the hands of FIT.
„These complex organic forms are predestined for 3D printing. It is truly remarkable that a small but highly committed parish endeavors to modernize its church in such a novel way. Actually, churches have always been a place where the highest craftsmanship would show, and we are extremely proud to be part of this fantastic project“, says Bruno Knychalla, project engineer Large Format Additive Manufacturing at FIT.
Special requirements of the artwork
Each element of the altar sculpture is 3D printed in white polyamide using SLS. By thermal spraying, each part is coated with aluminum in a first step and a bronze-aluminum alloy in a next step. This results in enhanced stability of the entire construction and gives the object its characteristic gold look.
In spring 2019, this visionary project will become reality when Cardinal Reinhard Marx will consecrate the altar. Interested visitors can get an impression of the work in progress at the FIT booth during formnext.
About FIT Additive Manufacturing Group:
The FIT Additive Manufacturing Group is a leading industry partner in the field of Additive Manufacturing. As a technology pioneer with around 25 years of experience, the company manufactures prototypes, production tools, 3D printed spare parts, as well as additively manufactured end components for a rich variety of verticals. The AM expert provides access every step of the value added chain, from additive design and engineering to production and professional finishing options. In addition, FIT is able to provide numerous conventional technologies such as CNC milling, injection molding, vacuum casting, or elastomer manufacturing. Group revenue in 2017 was EUR 25.4 million. FIT Additive Manufacturing Group currently employs 300 people, most of them at the company’s headquarters in Lupburg, Germany, but also in Brasov (Romania), Zhukovsky (Russian Federation) as well as in Peoria and Southborough/Boston (USA). www.fit.technology
About Studio Tessin:
Studio Tessin was founded by Oliver Tessin as a research-oriented studio on the intersection of architecture, engineering and art. With a profound interest in biological systems, the focus of the founder Oliver Tessin lies in the research and production of complex structures using Computational Design and Additive Manufacturing.
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