Spiral's First 3D Printed Staircase!

Spiral Staircase Systems are proud to announce their first 3D Printed Staircase!

The stair was printed at 1:40 on a ZPrinter 350 using a powder based material. The ZPrinter is a favourite amongst architects due to its fast print speed and relatively low material cost. The surrounding building was laser cut from MDF.

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The 3D print can help us and the client better visualise the design of the stair. While renders provide a valuable insight into how a stair will look they do not provide an accurate sense of scale, which is one of the reasons why we see the technology as an important investment for the future.

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As well as being 3D Printed, some preliminary renders have been produced for the project which is located in a central London office. The stair itself consists of polished concrete cladded treads and stringers, with glass balustrading and a stainless steel handrail.

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We are hoping to 3D print a helical staircase next so watch this space!

by Ryan Tierney and Henry Challis

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Iconic Staircases #02 - Itamaraty Palace - Oscar Niemeyer

I'm convinced that this is one of the most iconic staircases ever produced.

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This free-standing helical staircase constructed from reinforced concrete ticks all the boxes in staircase design. Graceful and technically inspiring, the stair was designed by Oscar Niemeyer as part of the Ministry-of-External-Relations in Brasilia which was constructed between 1960 and 1970.

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