3d printing helps century old project to finally complete

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One of the longest running design projects in recent history could be nearing completion thanks to 3d printing.

Work on Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia began in 1882, when architect Antoni Gaudi initiated the project.

Project leaders began using 3D printing in 2001 but the technology has advanced so much in recent years that it is now more useful and accurate than ever.

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Chief architect Jordi Coll believes that Gaudi himself would have been a great proponent of 3D-printed architecture. “Due to the complexity of surfaces and forms, working with Gaudi’s designs in 2D does not make sense from an architectural point of view,” he said.

“If Gaudi was alive today, he would have brought 3D technology to its maximum exponent, since much of his work was already conceived tri-dimensionally.”

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