#16 - Large Scale Design Freedom with 3D Printing feat. Mitch Lewandowski (Branch Technology)
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Today’s guest is Mitch Lewandowski, Chief Commercial Officer at Branch Technology, a prefabrication and technology company that specializes in large-scale 3D printing. Branch Technology offers a patented 3D printing process called Cellular Fabrication. This unique printing method allows material to solidify in open space, creating a matrix of polymer in virtually any shape. Our conversation with Mitch is all about the amazing technological innovations at Branch Technology and what this means for construction! Mitch shares the story of Branch Technology’s genesis and the groundbreaking mix of hardware, software, and polymer that makes what they do possible. Before open form 3D printing, the built world was confined to blocks and beams, but Branch Technology’s founder Platt Boyd took inspiration from cellular formations when he invented their products and process. Mitch talks about how Branch Technology won the NASA Centennial Challenge a few years back with Foster + Partners, and he considers the use their technology would provide toward our mission to colonize Mars. Along with this, we get into what a typical project would look like for Branch Technology on the front and back end, hearing Mitch describe that he sees clients’ jaws dropping on a regular basis! Mitch also touches on why they prioritize design freedom over load-bearing but this will not last forever, some of their most outstanding projects to date, and a whole lot more, so be sure to tune in!

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