After seeing the above photo of the Al Bahr Towers by Aedas Architects I’ve been inspired to try replicating a similar effect with 3D printing. This is the first attempt, printed as a complete assembly. One of the hinges work quite well, but the others are very stiff with support material stuck inside. By forcing it to bend, some layers have snapped but are holding together for now. Through the middle of the 3 triangular pieces I’ve attempted a living hinge using a 0.5mm thickness, one of which snapped straight away. I guess these could easily be hinges similar to the others as well.
So a few good experiments wrapped into one, time to make some modifications and try again.
– Posted by James Novak