3D printing technology is helping in construction of Church in Barcelona

Cyber Journal 24, April 12, 2016

By Nitten Gokhaley 

This may sound weird, but 3D printers are helping in construction of Barcelona based Sagrada Familia church since 2001.


According to reports released by BBC, the concerned Church is under construction since last 130 years. In 1883, architect Antoni Gaudi created the Church’s space-age design, and completed plans for this master piece. The Catalan architect kept on working on this project until his death in 1926. Unfortunately, the brilliant architect was just able to complete around 25 percent of Church’s construction. Worked slowed down, and experts started creating handcrafted models based on designs left by Gaudi.

3D technology is in use since 2001

The 19th century project suddenly found helping hand in the form of 3D printers in 2001. Architects Mark Burry, Jordi Faulí, and Jodi Coll started creating plaster models for this Church using three dimensional printers. First, hand crafted pieces needed several months to be created. Now, thanks to three dimensional printers, some or the other plaster models are created almost every day. The 19th century project has gained a lot of speed due to 21st century’s unique tool, and is expected to be completed by 2026.

Modular pieces are being created by combining binding materials with dust. Experts modify and give finishing touch to every piece after printing. Some of the architects working on the site recently interacted with journalists, and said they are using plaster-like materials to create pieces, as these materials help them mix newly created or printed components with old ones that were created before hundred years. Architects also highlighted the point that 3D technology has helped them to speed-up the project and to reduce its overall expenditure as well.

Technology brought new hope for this project

While interacting with journalists, architect Jodi Coll highlighted the point that the concerned construction site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. He also shared the information that several models created by Gaudi for this Church were destroyed and stolen during Spanish Civil War. But 3D technology has given a second life to this project. Even Gaudi would have had appreciated three-dimensional printing technology.

(Piece was also released on 3D Printigo)


Nitten is a consultant journalist, and has worked with renowned newspapers, news agency in India. If you are looking for desktop journalist, writer, you can email Nitten- nittengokhaley24@gmail.com

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