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Smith|Allen Studio

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.

Installation, material, and dimension

Screen_Shot_2013-12-31_at_1.16.53_PM_largeCombining 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 using the Series 1 3D Printer.

Echoviren, located in the Redwood Forest in Gualala, CA, is a 10x10x8' 3D printed structure made entirely of PLA. Printing Echoviren took seven Series 1 3D printers running constantly The result is a production of over 500 individually printed parts that are each 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 more photos and read the complete story on our blog.

See how Echoviren was created and assembled

more than 10,000 hours of 3D printing, for a total of 500 unique individually printed parts.


xylem_largeThe duo is also known for xylem, a 3d printed structure that was also created using the 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 7x7 Magazine Tech Gems of San Francisco, 2013 June issue, 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.

"Non-stop, 24/7

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

We were able to fabricate 44 individually printed white PLA 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."