How big can 3D printing go

3D printing has long garnered the interest of designers, primarily as a tool for rapid prototyping. Every architecture school in Canada has a 3D printer, and the plastic models they output are becoming more and more common fixtures in design crits and exhibitions. Larger design offices also own 3D printers, usually put to work producing all-white presentation models. 3DXL, the Design Exchanges summer exhibition on the subject, ups the stakes of the conversation. The architects chosen by Toronto-based curator Sara Nickleson are working big thus the XL of the exhibition title creating full-scale building components using 3D printing.

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