From her water-based platform that builds from aqueous material forms to her rapid autonomous digital fabrication system, Neri Oxman and her Mediated Matter group definitely contribute to the construction process.
The latest development from MIT boasts a robotic organization that is meant to “rapidly build high-strength tubular structures by winding fiberglass filament around themselves.” The digital fabrication system consists of two components — a collective of 16 robots that operate in a swarm-like manner and a control unit that guides them. The robotic components are surrounded by an inflatable silicone membrane. When in operation, the digital fabrication system is inflated and feeds a thread of fiberglass and resin that produces a high-strength exterior layer. The automated device builds the self-supporting structures segment-by-segment and after each portion is completed, the robot deflates and moves on to the next.