In November, Aectual plans to 3D print the floor of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

Through freedom of design and tailor made architecture,  the architectural office aims to produce sustainable cities.

Aectual will work in collaboration with DUS Architects on this project. The latter will provide the design that will be 3D printed using a FDM/FFF 3D printer.

The truth is that 3D printing will serve to create the initial frame of the design. Made with an industrial XL 3D print technology, the floors consist in 3D printed patterns that are are finished with a bio-binder terrazzo, a material based on linseed developed in collaboration with Henkel.” It contains chips of marble, quartz, granite and glass.

After fused with a binder, the team will polish the material to get a smooth surface.

3D printed Aectual Floors. Photo via Ivo Toplak (DUS architects).

“We make it possible to create your own design for spectacular floors in, for example, a hotel lobby, or for a striking retail brand,” says Hans Vermeulen, CEO of Aectual. “This gives designers complete design freedom”

The unique digital production process as well as a selection of floor patterns, including DUS’ design of the Schiphol floor will be showcased during Dutch Design Week. On October 29th, Aectual will celebrate its official launch with the ‘Democratizing Design Debate’. Famous architects and designers of DDW will take the floor and give their view about the influence of digital technology on design.

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