4 “natural clouds” suspended below the ceiling, made up of 3D-printed buildings and hydroponic plants, illuminated Stanley Field Hall and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Cloud structures continue to be 3D printed by Branch Technology through a proprietary process called Cellular Construction (C-FAB).

Biopolymer from renewable raw materials was used as 3D printing material. The conjunction of strength and weight helped make it the preferred clearing for this material and also for the hanging gardening process.

Based on C-FAB technology, the open cell structures are printed using a Kuka Robotics arm with a proprietary Branch extrusion head.

Reinforced and unreinforced polymer is used in the 3D printing process. Branch Technology used plastic as a creative material at the Chicago Museum.

The Stanley Field Hall of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago can already boast of having the largest hanging garden on the entire planet, which is home to numerous species of ferns, philodendrons and ficus whose ancestors existed throughout the Age of the dinosaurs. By the way, we haven’t heard of any other hanging gardens.

Certainly, basalt fiber was chosen as a planting substrate, because it is a light, inert and sustainable material that helps to avoid soil pests, since irrigation is done through a containment system housed in the soil. ceiling.

Branch Technology Inc, an architectural manufacturer specializing in large-scale 3D printing, has completed 2 projects that demonstrate the benefits of merging advanced materials technology with a new 3D printing process.

Plastic materials and composites designer Techmer PM collaborated on both projects, the results of which include an outbuilding-free exterior structure of record proportions in Nashville, Tennessee, and a hanging garden installation at Chicago’s Field Museum.

The first project is a self-contained airborne structure that takes advantage of Branch’s cellular printing (C-Fab) processes, in which material can solidify in air to produce open-die structures that can take basically any shape.

The other plan is called “Nature’s Clouds” and represents the Chicago Museum of Natural History’s first and largest 3D printed hanging garden installation to commemorate the museum’s 125th anniversary.

Branch created the 3D printed parts on printing robots using a biopolymer as the printing material.

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