For 2017 Milan Design Week, Zaha Hadid Architects 3D printed a sculptural installation called "Thallus," which is being displayed at the city's Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. Created by a six-axis robotic 3D printing system, the piece was constructed out of a 22,966-foot-long, ribbon-like strip of plastic which was manipulated and layered into curvilinear forms until the sculpture was finished. The base of the installation was shaped by a trimmed cylinder, which gives it the thallus-like shape of a plant body that is not separated into stem and leaves.

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