WS 7: PARAMETRIC LARGE SCALE 3D PRINTING
WITH SILKWORM & WASP
Current 3D printing software use meshes (as .STL files) to generate layers and infills which are converted into a toolpath file (the Gcode). Silkworm however allows users to generate gcodes from polylines directly within Grasshopper for Rhinoceros3D, and to vary the settings along the print. One can therefore accelerate the speed, the flow or the layer height from one location of the 3D print to an other.
When working on large scale 3D printing, one needs to consider the most optimal toolpath, considering speed as well as bespoke infill pattern. Silkworm gives the freedom to design structural infills and even to 3D print in mid-air. Through its link with Grasshopper, the toolpath can be analysed prior to be printed and can be linked to all the other plugins available. Used for world's largest 3D printed structure and developed by Architects, Silkworm is open-source and free.