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Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

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This design thesis is an assessment of the tectonic capabilities and applications of large format 3D printing, given the current available and practiced technologies. This review consists of an analysis of the technical specifications and limitations of the various forms and methods of 3D printing at all scales, followed by an in-depth analysis of technologies that have been adopted and employed at an architectural scale. A number of case studies are assessed to create a typology of tectonic types created by employing 3D printing technologies. These tectonic types: Holistic/Homogenous, Complementary/Integrative, Structural, and Sculptural are then tested to see how they can be incorporated into the design process. This study culminates in a design project that utilizes these technologies and tectonic types in a higher educational facility focused on fabrication and continued research into 3D printed construction. The design acts as a prototypical model for the implementation of 3D printed technologies into the design and construction process, specifically focused on educational institutions on existing campuses. Advancements in this technology and strategies of application have yielded enough capabilities for this design assessment to be formed.


First Advisor

Caryn J. Brause

Second Advisor

Carey R. Clouse

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