Michael Hansmeyer
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Digital Grotesque I in Figures


• Algorithmically generated geometry

• 260 million surfaces

• 30 billion voxels

• 78 GB production data


• Sand-printed elements

(silica and binder)

• 6 square meters, 3.2 meters high

• 5.8 tons of printed sandstone

• 0.30 mm layer resolution, 300 dpi

• 4.0 x 2.0 x 1.0 meter maximum

print space

Design Development:



1 year

1 month

1 day


Fabrication and
  Maria Smigielska
Miro Eichelberger
Yuko Ishizu
Jeanne Wellinger
Tihomir Janjusevic
Nicolás Miranda Turu
Evi Xexaki
Akihiko Tanigaito

Video / Photo:   Demetris Shammas
Achilleas Xydis


Partners and Sponsors

Chair for CAAD, Prof. Hovestadt, ETH Zurich
Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich
Voxeljet AG
FRAC Centre
Strobel Quarzsand GmbH
Pro Helvetia
Research for the Digital Grotesque I project was carried out at the Chair for CAAD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. All components were printed by Voxeljet AG. Digital Grotesque I is a commission by FRAC Centre, Orléans, for its permanent collection.
Please see www.digital-grotesque.com for further images and a full project description.
Multi-material surface studies can be viewed here.