Parkin and Entuitive have kicked-off a collaborative 3D printing challenge involving 5 teams and 6 offices. Parkin teams of designers from Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto will partner with Entuitive structural engineering teams from the U.K, Calgary and Toronto to design a 1:50 scale pavilion using assembled 3D printed pieces.
The challenge will demonstrate FDM and STL printing technologies and 3D printing as a collaborative design and mock-up tool.
Entries will be judged by invited clients at Parkin’s annual Client reception on November 6, 2017. The event will be streamed live.
Phase 2 will be in joint venture with Entuitive (structural engineers). Having won the Best Use of Labels award in the 2016 Canstruction Toronto competition, the (Entuitive/PCL/Parkin) submission was also named as the recipient of one of eight Canstruction International awards! Our creation (Cappuccino Cup) was chosen from a pool of over 1200 submissions across 150 cities, and is the only winner from Canada. Awards were presented in Florida in the spring of 2017. Based on our past success with the Canstruction competition, we are excited to work with this group again.
Parkin has been producing 3D prints to enhance client communications, providing a tangible product to enhance project development. To familiarize staff with the new technology, the firm has acquired a 3D printer, and posed a 3D design challenge. Phase 1 of the challenge was to encourage development of people’s software and hardware skills.
Nineteen participants modelled, reworked and refined their 3D printing designs to fit within a prescribed tight printing timeframe, while exploring unique forms that displayed the 3D printer’s capabilities for detail and form—even when printed in ‘Draft’ mode! Based on the scoring and challenge criteria, one print scored highest and the others received honourable mentions.