Ghana Social Centre Aided by 3D Printing

By on April 16th, 2012 in Usage


A terrible storm in Ghana badly damaged the Catholic-operated community hall, resulting in the demolition of the ruins. The diocese contracted the replacement build to Munich-based architect Wieland Schimdt, who had to design a structure that used nearby materials, was environmentally friendly and was able to withstand the oppressive tropical heat – both structurally and for its inhabitants. 
While the design was created, residents were understandably curious about the new hall. Schmidt made the decision to produce a miniature version of the new hall on a Voxeljet 3D printer of 84 x 84 x 22.5 cm. This model was put on display to satisfy the curiosity of those who will be using the building. 
Two dimensional rendered views are a huge leap forward from drawings, but there’s nothing quite like seeing the building in 3D, in real life. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!