Daedalus: 3D Printer Platform


Daedalus: 3d printing platform  

The most familiar literary telling explaining Daedalus’ wings is a late one, that of Ovid: in his Metamorphoses Daedalus was shut up in a tower to prevent his knowledge of his labyrinth from spreading to the public. He could not leave Crete by sea, as the king kept strict watch on all the vessels, permitting none to sail without carefully being searched. Since Minos controlled the land and sea routes, Daedalus set to work fabricating wings for himself and his young son Icarus. He tied feathers together, from smallest to largest so as to form an increasing surface. He secured the feathers at their midpoints with string and at their bases with wax, and gave the whole a gentle curvature like the wings of a bird. He next equipped his son in the same manner, and taught him how to fly. 

In the design and build of the large scale 3D printer, Daedalus, open source software, tutorials, and documentation were needed to help figure out the mechanics of the project. Without this open-source information, the printer would not have been operational. At the scale of Architectural fabrication, 3D printing technology become proprietary and the availability of information becomes slim. Our intention is to publish our research openly and provide anyone with information regarding this project. Drawings, 3D Model, Parts list, and Firmware can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. 


Developed in the studio "Villa Additiva: Design Research in 3D Printing” at Cornell University's Architecture School AAP; Daedalus, a large format 3-axis Cartesian 3D printer with an original build area of 6’x6’x6’. It has recently been increased to 6'x15'x6'. Driven by a linear belt and rail system, the machine’s versatility allows the RCL to test 3D printing technology with multiple materials and implement advanced g-code manipulation with the ambition to perform these operations at an industrial scale. The printer has used Pacific BioFoam and PLA plastic pellets as a material for fabricating architecture, with current efforts investigating concrete as a printing medium. 



Exploded Axon

Front Elevation


Side Elevation

Side Elevation