Designers Ron Culver & Joseph Sarafian Jointly Develop An Exclusive Method To Cast Concrete In Lycra Stretched With Robotic Arms
Both the designers Ron Culver and Joseph Sarafian have discovered a unique system for casting concrete in Lycra stretched with robotic arms. This newest method can be applied to develop basic new architectural forms (+ movie).
The Fabric Forms project comprises pouring a concrete fibreglass mixture into Y-shaped Lycra sleeves stretched into position through six-axis robots.
This casting system can be implemented at different scales in the construction jobsite in near future. It can be expanded to form unique building facade elements as well as the primary structure of a building.
With its simple production capacity, the fabric facilitates the users to generate various shapes devoid of casting a unique mould each time they create a new shape.
Fabric Forms facilitate to produce compound curvature beyond a cast object that would otherwise be lost once rigid formwork is eliminated.
It is considered as a more endurable substitute that can minimize labor and material costs. It is more rapid process as compared to conventional construction methods.
Conventional casting methods are both laborious and unsupportable as plywood formwork is frequently exposed and casted off as soon as concrete has cured.
When the concrete is set, the fabric is then exposed that leads to marginal waste. The pieces will require roughly 45 minutes to solidify and are set collectively through a 3D-printed coupler for generating larger assemblies that could be later on utilized as attractive facades or even load-bearing structures.