“Large-scale Fabrication with Interior Zometool Structure” by Chen, Shen, Hunag and Chen


Entry Number: 68


    Large-scale Fabrication with Interior Zometool Structure




    In recent years, personalized fabrication has attracted many attentions due to the widespread of consumer-level 3D printers. However, consumer 3D printers still suffer from shortcomings such as long production time and limited output size, which are undesirable factors to large-scale rapid-prototyping. We propose a hybrid 3D fabrication method that combines 3D printing and Zometool structure for both time/cost-effective fabrication of large objects. The key of our approach is to utilize compact, sturdy and re-usable internal structure (Zometool) to infill fabrications and replace both time and material-consuming 3D-printed materials. Unlike the laser-cutted shape used in [Song et al. 2016], we are able to reuse the inner structure. As a result, we can significantly reduce the cost and time by printing thin 3D external shells only.


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    • Peng Song, Bailin Deng, Ziqi Wang, Zhichao Dong, Wei Li, Chi-Wing Fu, and Ligang Liu. 2016. CofiFab: Coarse-to-Fine Fabrication of Large 3D Objects. ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH 2016) 35, 4 (2016). Article 45.