Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunia

P59 | MATAERIAL. Anti Gravity Object Modeling (AOM)

by Saša Jokić / Petr Novikov  

MATAERIAL is the result of the collaborative research between Petr Novikov, Saša Jokić from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Joris Laarman Studio. During the course we developed a brand new technique for forming three-dimensional (3D) objects that we call AOM (Anti-Gravity Object Modeling). A three-dimensional object is formed by forming three-dimensional curves describing the geometry of the surfaces of this object. This new additive manufacturing method allows for creating 3D objects on any given working surface independently of its inclination and smoothness, and without a need of additional support structures. Some of the most known methods such as FDM, SLS and SLA have been affected both by gravity and printing environment: creation of 3D objects on irregular or non-horizontal surfaces has so far been treated as impossible. By using this innovative way of extrusion, we are now able to neutralize the effect of gravity during the course of the printing process that makes key difference between AOM and other already known 3d printing techniques. Unlike 2D layers that are ignorant to the structure of the object, the 3D curves can follow exact stress lines of a custom shape. Finally, our new out-of-the-box printing method can help manufacture structures of almost any size and shape.


Saša Jokić studied architecture at the University of Belgrade where he earned a Dipl-Ing degree in 2010. In 2012 he graduated from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia studying the Digital Tectonic course. His work at IAAC was widely published internationally. Currently he is working parallel on exploring new technologies in processes of digital fabrication and gaining professional design experience in the office of UNStudio (Amsterdam).

Petr Novikov   graduated from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. He is currently researching Construction Robotics, an application of robotics in architecture and construction industries. The investigation of Construction Robotics doesn’t only pursue automation of existing building processes, but it is focused on inventing new building methods that are made possible by the introduction of emerging technologies.