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Hochzeitsturm Darmstadt

Model for blind visitors

Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt

Completed: 2011

This model of the Olbrich-designed Hochzeitsturm was commissioned by the Mathildenhöhe Institute for the benefit of blind visitors. A virtual model was developed which allowed for thorough checking of the detailing before production.

The digital dataset formed the basis of a plaster-printed haptic model. Highly detailed areas were 3D printed in a synthetic material to achieve a higher resolution and then attached to the plaster model.

The enhanced plaster model, in turn, formed the basis of the silicon mould for the wax model used by the foundry to cast the model in the lost wax technique. This process chain was more cost-effective than the traditional casting process.
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