3D Printing_Arboskin


ArboSkin was designed by Stuttgart University’s ITKE Institute with the support of EFRE (Fund), as a bioplastic facade mock up.  ArboSkin is composed of a recyclable material ,ARBOBLEND, a bioplastic granules. This material could be made into sheets to later be manipulated to the wanted shape, size, or quality of surface by being durable enough to be drilled, printed, laminated, laser cut, or CNC-milled.

ArboSKin shell structure is made of a network of 388 bioplastic triangular shapes and sizes that was digitally fabricated. It demonstrates the possibility of architectonic and constructional applications of bioplastic material in design and build.  The objective of ArboSKin Pavilion was to develop and demonstrate how a bioplastic material could be durable and structural to keep petroleum-based components at a minimum.

Fabrication Process

This prototype aimed to fabricate the connecting nodes of Arboskin by ITKE. It was fabricated by 3D printing on the Zorax 200+ using ABS as our material. For a successful assembly of this model, tolerance testing was essential as well as careful planning of the assembly. The final fabrication process took approximately  7 hours not counting the few extra hours before hand that we tested different iterations of our node.



Parametric Skins – Arboskin :  is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed in the Master of Advanced Architecture 2020/21 by Students:  Abrar Ali, Daniel Sorial, and Rosamary Machado and Faculty: Ricardo Mayor Luque, Lana Awad and Shyam Zonca