Smith|Allen Studio is an interdisciplinary design studio in Oakland, lead by sculptor Stephanie Smith and architect Bryan Allen, specialized in the design and fabrication of 3D printed structures, objects and installations. 

 

Combing Smith’s interest in installation, material, and dimension with Allen’s architectural background and computer modeling skills, the artistic duo is focused on work that is visually and experientially engaging for the viewer. 

 

They are best known in the artistic community for Echoviren, a 3D printed installation entirely built on the Series 1 3D Printer.

Echoviren, located in the Redwood Forest in Gualala, CA, is a 10x10x8' 3D printed structure made entirely of PLA. 

 

It took seven Series 1 3D printers to run constantly, resulting in a production of over 500 individually printed parts that are entirely unique. 

 

Echoviren is a beautiful piece of art that is the largest known 3D printed full-scale architectural installation to date. It exposes an ecosystem of dynamic natural and unnatural interventions: the interplay of man and nature moderated by technology. 

 

 

See all of the more photos and the complete story on our blog.

 

  

Watch how Echoviren was created and assembled: more than 10,000 hours of 3D printing, for a total of 500 unique individually printed parts. 

             


 

 

The duo is also known for Xylem, a 3D printed structure that was also created with our Series 1 3D printer. 

Xylem is based on the translation of natural forms through analog to digital 2D representation and analysis into a re-physicalized 3D form. 

The final form evokes the Xylem layer of tree cells: reducing structure and enclosure to a minimum while still maintaining form.

 

Xylem was featured in the 2013 June issue of 7x7 Magazine, the Daily Cal and East Bay Express. It was on show at Bay Area Maker Faire 2013 as well as at the Ruth Bancroft Garden last June.

 

To date it is among the largest FFF 3D printed objects in existence.

 

 

 

 

"For 3 months straight our Series 1 3D printers ran non-stop 24/7 without failure. 

We were able to fabricate 44 individually white PLA printed panels, which we subsequently assembled on site. 

From drawing a cellular pattern to translating it into 2d computer, then into a 3D digital form: 

the 3D printing process allowed us to manifest a form that would not have been possible any other way."

 

                              Stephanie Smith, Arts Professional at Smith|Allen Studio

 

 

 

 

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