Dive Brief: Digital manufacturing company 3Diligent Corp. recently announced that it is printing aluminum curtain wall components for cladding firm Walters & Wolf’s work on the 1.7 million-square-foot, mixed-use Rainier Square Tower currently under construction in Seattle. Each of the 140 v-shaped nodes, which will help give achieve the building’s distinctive sloping from the fourth to 40th floor, was custom fabricated using 3D printing technology and manufactured to meet the unique geometry of each section of the 59-story building, 3Diligent said. The nodes will bring together square-cut pieces of curtain wall and accommodate a different angle for the nonstructural cladding on each floor of the building, which is expected to be Seattle’s second-tallest and estimated to cost between $570 million and $600 million. Walters & Wolf settled on 3D printing “because of the dimensional accuracy and structural reliability it gave,” said Designer Jon Ishee in a case study . […]

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