Building glass facades help to create a smooth aesthetic for buildings, often concealing structure underneath to create something more visually fitting for the city where the building is being constructed.

But facades are not easy to mount on buildings. They often require mounting holes to be machined into the glass plate, and the holes can act as stress concentrators and can crack over time.The other traditional ways of fixing facade glass into frames require some form of adhesive which can deteriorate under environmental conditions, such as UV light from the sun.

Either scenario can require replacement of panels as the fastenings deteriorate. If only there was some method of joining similar pieces of glass together additively…

Glass on Glass

The Glass Competence Center (ISM+D and MPA IfW) at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany has come up with a method of printing 3D glass features on float glass.