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ARRK’s rapid prototyping technologies for Beijing’s National Aquatics Centre

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5 years ago, ARRK’s team utilised advanced rapid prototyping technologies to create a 3D model of Beijing’s National Aquatics Centre, known today as the Water Cube.

This week, Australia’s Swimming Team had their first training session at the National Aquatics Centre.

Designed with the structure of soap bubbles, the National Aquatics Centre is a large membrane super structure.

In early 2003, the Municipality of Beijing announced a limited design competition for the 2008 Olympic Aquatics Centre.

“Having conceived the unique structure for the Water Cube, we knew that we needed to make a physical model in order to properly convey the idea to the Jury of International experts. With 22,000 elements and 12,000 joints, there was no way that we could make one manually, so we turned to the rapid prototyping skills of Arrk,” said Tristram Carfrae, Arup Fellow.

He added “Despite the fact that nothing of this magnitude had been made using an SLA machine before, the team at Arrk were determined to make it work and were exceptionally helpful. The result was spectacular! In July 2003, our team was announced the winner of the competition and was awarded the design commission.”

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