Future FabricationPosted: March 7, 2012 Filed under: Materials Research | Tags: fabricating in layers, fabrication innovation, flight assembled architecture, future is fiber, material assembly innovation, quadrocopter fabrication, small scale fabrication 1 Comment
There are three observations I want to share around fabrication technologies that highlight the extraordinarily diverse innovation occurring in the world. At the small scale are robobees, tiny robots that exhibit an extraordinary level of manufacturing detail – the photos are mind blowing when you really wrap your head around the complexity being fabricated at the size of a penny. At medium scale is the Nike FlyFit shoe which has been getting a lot of press, and proves to me that the future of design is fibre. At the large scale, while the quadrocopters may be small, the possibilities are enormous as architects experiment with their own version of rapid fabrication.