Serpentine 3D - Future Cities Lab

Developed by FUTURE CITIES LAB, San Francisco with students from CCA (California College of the Arts).

SERPENTINE is a prototype for a building scale open source 3D printer currently being developed by FUTURE CITIES LAB in San Francisco in collaboration with architecture students at CCA (California College of the Arts). The initial prototype is based on the RapMan but is run entirely using Grasshopper / Firefly connected to a single Arduino Uno and off-the-shelf stepper motor drivers by Sparkfun.

What if an entire building could be 3D printed insitu out of local materials? Could we revitalize an entire neighborhood and make it a test bed for a new kind of architecture? How can we make a 3D printer that is open source, inexpensive and accessible to architects, designers, and everyday citizens? The long term goals for the SERPENTINE project are to create a medium to large scale 3D printer. The small machine displayed at Maker Faire is printing clay to demonstate the overall potential of the project. Clay was chosen for this prototype because of its scalability across applications from tabletop artifact, to architectural component, to possibilities of spatial enclosure itself.

Lead: Jason Kelly Johnson, Design Principal, FUTURE CITIES LAB / CCA
Students: Alex Woodhouse, Future Cities Lab / CCA MArch Student
and Shawn Komlos, Future Cities Lab / CCA MArch Student
Rip DeLeon, Associate, FUTURE CITIES LAB; FCL Intern Assistant: Brianna Luce