Robot Creates Carbon-Fiber Forest: Take A Look!


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But the team believes the material could be used to produce much larger spanning structures.

Menges previously told Dezeen that carbon fibre is architecture's biggest untapped resource, and claims that robots could be programmed to build stadium roofs using the fibrous building material.

"The genuine possibilities inherent in the material are not fully tapped into," he said during a tour of his Stuttgart-based research unit last month. "We haven't left that phase where these new materials are mimicking old materials."

"It's a very new technology so nobody has picked it up and commercialized it."

The techniques used to produce the Elytra Filament Pavilion have emerged from an annual series of research pavilions created by Menges and Knippers with students – including one based on the shells encasing the wings of beetles.

This year's edition, based on research into the shells of sea urchins, is an arching laminated timber structure that has been industrial sewn together by a robot, while in 2013 the units developed a carbon-fibre pod that takes a lobster's exoskeleton as its point of reference.


The pioneering research carried out at the University of Stuttgart, coupled with that taking place at ETH Zurich, is being championed by architects including Wolf D Prix and BIG's Kai-Uwe Bergmann and has led to a wave in robotic construction.

London's Architectural Association School recently announced its new MSc Design & Make course, which will run alongside its existing programme to focus on robotic technologies and their application in timber construction.

via Inhabitat

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