If the idea of tiny robots crafting webs through a process called "swarm construction" creeps people out, then there may not be a future for the new method of constructing fiber structures invented by designer Maria Yablonina. However, the vast possibilities presented by the 'Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures,' as the project is called, will convert technophobes and arachnophobes alike.
Built in collaboration with the Institute for Computational Design (ICD), the architectural thesis project employs small robots that work in tandem with one another to weave intricate webs out of carbon fiber. According to the director of the ICD, this "swarm construction" method allows architects to "build entirely new structures that would be impossible to materialize otherwise." Plus, the relative inexpensiveness of the small robots (compared to large industrial machines) could bring these architecturally fascinating designs to even impoverished areas.
These Mini Robots Work in Tandem to Build Webbed Structures
1. Swarm Construction - The use of small robots working in tandem to construct intricate fiber structures presents disruptive innovation opportunities in construction and architecture.
2. Mobile Robotic Fabrication System - The development of a mobile robotic system for filament structures opens up possibilities for efficient and cost-effective construction methods.
3. Intricate Web Weaving - The technique of weaving intricate webs using tiny robots offers disruptive innovation opportunities in material design and fabrication.
1. Construction - The construction industry can explore the adoption of swarm construction methods to create unique and efficient structures.
2. Architecture - Architects can leverage mobile robotic fabrication systems to design and construct visionary structures that were previously difficult to realize.
3. Materials Science - The field of materials science can benefit from the development of intricate web weaving techniques using small robots, allowing for the creation of new and innovative materials.