The first ever café to be constructed using3d printing technology was unveiled at Perez Art Museum in the city of Miami.Named Cucuyo, it is a cocoon-shapedstructure that elegantly mixes art and technology, it is placed on the terrainof PAAM overlooking the Biscayne Bay, giving visitors a unique opportunity toexperience the beauty of the Bay. The project design was influenced by the dreamsof catching fireflies at night (Cucuyo in Spanish means firefly). The café willbe serving sandwiches and drinks, having a catered menu by Chef Katarin Dangalan.UNIQUE FEATURES:-The first 3d printed café has some uniquefeatures:-1. The structure has an innovative,futuristic cocoon or double egg-shaped structure.2. The structure weighs about 700pounds, made of stainless steel.
3. It includes a front counter,back counter, and an access door.4. The final structure is 20 feetlength, 9 feet high and 12 feet width.5. The structure has thin, intricate crossbeams as exterior encasingthe interior. It also provides a level of protection to the structure.
6. The café is allowed to becooled naturally, using the breezes from the Biscayne Bay. 7. It has all the modern advancedcounter design, electrical configuration, andplumbing installed.8.
The café was built by fourindustrial robots fitted with a welding machine to print miles of line. CHALLENGES FACED:-The Cucuyo was designed by Miami-basedBerenblum Busch Architects and manufactured by Amsterdam-based MX3Ddesigners whohave done a fabulous job at this innovation. ? The biggest hurdle was to design the egg-shaped structure having double sets of curvatureswhere all the functional parts had to fit together within small tolerances.
? One of the biggest hurdles was to designa working prototype with a smooth productionmachine with 1.5 miles of line. ? The Cucuyo is placed outdoors, so thematerials used must be weather resistant and tolerant to salinity and humidity.? The design should be well planned wherethe employees could easily serve food, with all the equipment fitted in a tight place.? Also, the exterior terrain where Cucuyo wasplaced could only take a determined level of weight, so unlike it had to beshifted elsewhere.
? The Shell was designed with a thin outerskin which can be removed easily if needed for relocation while alsomaintaining the structural stability and strength. Cucuyo was designed as a meeting place betweenthe art and food. The design was finalizedkeeping in mind the architectural missionof the adjacent museum. It’s like the “parkin the museum”.