Skip to main content

3D printing parts of the 130-year-old Sagrada Familia

by Futures Centre, Apr 14
1 minute read

The iconic Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona has been equally famous for its fantastical idiosyncratic design and its unending construction. The vast architectural project began 130 years ago, but progress towards its completion has leapt ahead thanks to the latest technology in 3D printing and CNC (computer numeric control) cutters.



Since the early 2000s, the team behind the construction has incorporated advanced technologies like 3D printing into their process. In Architect Magazine, the current chief architect, Jordi Faulí, explains that “advances in computer power, precise 3D scanning of the existing building, and 3D prototyping allowed us to work at a scale and a level of detail hitherto impossible to achieve.”

The ability for 3D printing to prototype cheaply, quickly and with great details means that designers can now easily collaborate and discuss specific design details. In addition to better collaboration, new technology has saved countless hours of stone cutting with CNC cutters while structural issues are quickly identified and addressed with CAD (computer aided design).

Signal spotted by Madhumitha Ardhanari

Image credit: David Cornejo / Flickr 


  • Other Tags:
by Futures Centre Spotted 1994 signals

Have you spotted a signal of change?

Register to receive the latest from the Futures Centre.
Sign up

  • 0
  • Share

Related signals

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set optional analytics cookies to help us improve it. We won't set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page.

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our 'Cookies page'.