Curbed staffer Arlene Hurst takes a look at the world's largest 3D-printed architectural structure, as certified by Guinness World Records. Standing at 10 feet high, 26 feet long, and weighing in at 1.5 tons, the aptly name Vulcan pavilion resembles the mushroom cloud formed during a volcanic eruption. The pavilion was unveiled at Beijing Design Week earlier this month.
The the structure's design is composed of 1,023 individual 3D-printed pieces that took 20 large-scale, custom 3D printers 30 days to produce and an additional 20 days to assemble.
According to the architects, the pressure of gravity helps hold the assembled pieces in place. Since it can also be divided into three separate modules, Vulcan will be able to fulfill an array of purposes, as well as disassemble and reassemble when needed.