Sintered architectural model

Sintered architectural model

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Caption: Sintered architectural model being discussed by two architects. This prototype model of a building was constructed using sintering techniques. This is a model of the roof of the Free University, Berlin, by the architects Norman Foster and Partners. Sintering involves heating a powder at a temperature below its melting point until the particles of the powder adhere to each other to form a solid object. In this case, a nylon polyamide powder was used, and the heat was applied with a laser beam. The use of a laser beam, and a computer to guide the sintering process, allows complex 3D structures to be produced. Photographed in the UK.

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