3D Printed Patterned Landscapes

Stylish student projects from the University of Nicosia.

ZMorph multitool 3D printer proved to be useful educational tools enabling students from Nicosia to manufacture their unique geometric designs.

Michail Georgiou


Cyprus has a long history of decorative patterns dating back to ancient Greek times. These roots are still influencing their modern achievements in culture, art, and architecture. Michail Georgiou from [ARC] University of Nicosia mixed tradition with technology during his recent course of Advanced Computer Aided Design which resulted in the creation of geometrically shaped 3D printed patterned landscapes.


Participants of the course were tasked with creating 3D patterns in Rhinoceros 3D/paneling tools and populating them on plates 125 mm x 125 mm width and 25 mm max in height. Utilizing their knowledge, students designed 18 tessellated tiles with various geometric shapes with sharp edges, lobed waves, rough surfaces, and organic formations. With the help of ZMorph multitool 3D printer, they were able to manufacture their bold ideas into reality.


Each tile took an average of nine hours to print with 1.75 mm plastic extruder and white ABS. Students optimized their prints in such way that the objects didn’t require any support, just a power raft at the bottom. Once manufactured, these 3D printed patterned landscapes designed by young designers from Nicosia became a stylish proof of their creativity that would impress even the ancient Greek masters of decorative arts.