Future Fabrication

Image sources below: Small - Robobee, Medium - Nike FlyFit, Large - Flight Assembled Architecture

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.

Small – Robobees

Image source Pratheev Sreetharan: tiny complex structures fully assembled in their own armature.

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