Project 1- Remnants of a Future Architecture
Remnants of a Future Architecture is a set of architectural artifacts developed by Roland Snooks and research and manufacturing by RMIT Architecture | Tectonic Formation Lab and FormX Technology investigating large-scale metal printing design implications.
The work speculates on the architectural tectonics of the near future, its ruination, and its link to a more extensive set of Anthropocene developing issues.
The project benefitted from wire-arc additive manufacturing (the WAAM) for the metal printing process. The RMIT Architecture and Tectonic Formation Lab developed this technique over four years.
Designer: Roland Snooks . Research + Fabrication: RMIT Architecture | Tectonic Formation Lab (Director Roland Snooks) FormX Technology (Director Nic Bao) . Supported by: Eureka TechIn RMIT University, School of Architecture and Urban Design . Project Team: Roland Snooks Charlie Boman Nic Bao Ron Ellazam Daniel Ridout
Bollinger+Grohmann (Director Sascha Bohnenberger)
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Project 2 - Weaving Tectonics
Weaving Tectonics is a structural performance-based lightweight carbon fibre weaving pavilion designed, developed, and fabricated by Nic Bao and Dan Luo and their team that investigates the topological optimisation generative design method and robotic weaving technology on architectural application.
The project showcases robotically fabricated prototypes that explore the potential of architectural form, structure, ornament, and tectonics through computational design. The outcome of the new design and fabrication system for large-scale spatial structure is based on a combined workflow of robotic assembly and robotic winding.
It validates the feasibility of the proposed system via the design, fabrication, and testing of several full-scale prototypes. The reusability of the robotic assembled temporary support system in the fabrication process further raises its competitiveness among all the manufacturing methods. This technology eventually provides a novel method to build adaptive, lightweight, sustainable, low-cost, and reliable structures.
The Weaving Tectonics installation was displayed at the Melbourne Design Week 2022 and published in Architecture Technique (AT) Magazine.
Project Leader & Chief Designer: Dingwen ‘Nic’ Bao & Dan Luo
Designer, Engineer, Fabrication Lead: Zhuoyang Xin
Designer, Engineer, Architect: Xin Yan, Guanqi Zhu
Research Assistant, Fabricator: Xu Cao, Jiayue Hu, Kelton Boyter-Grant, Eryu Ni, Chongyi Tang
RMIT University, School of Architecture and Urban Design
The University of Queensland, School of Architecture
RMIT Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials (CISM) (Director Mike Xie)
FormX Technology & BDW Architects (Director Nic Bao)
Founded by Eureka TechIn and Dr. Ding Wen‘Nic’Bao, FormX.Tech is a platform that allows developers, architects, engineers, product designers, construction firms and fabricators to design and manufacture optimized building and infrastructure solutions with advanced large-scale 3D printing technology.
At FormX.Tech we produce building and architectural components using advanced design methodologies, innovative new materials, cutting-edge CNC equipment, patented 3D printing technology and automated robotic techniques. Based in Melbourne, Australia, we provide services
and products to clients from the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry.
Our mission is to maximise the sustainability of buildings, people and nature by using innovative technology, robotics and automation to produce high-quality 3D printed products and professional solutions that effectively reduce material energy consumption.