Stigmergic Fibers tackles the prospect of moldless fiber aggregation to produce controlled material and spacial morphologies. The idea was to create an environmentally sustainable material that can be applied with minimal supporting structure. By means of air pressure we separate the fibers from a roving allowing them to self-organize and reassemble due to the surface tension caused by a fine mist of adhesive. This creates a controlled fibrous aggregation producing an emergent morphospace encompassing the initial substructure. Designing an end effector for the robot to precisely spray the fibers allowed us to predefine the spraying protocol of any object, while also modifying the material properties at each of its parts. Varying degrees of material density, thickness, and rigidity could be achieved by simply adjusting certain parameters in the spraying process while always insuring repeatability and precision. Controlling these properties, coupled with the environmental and thermal nature of the fibers used, opens up a wide range of possible applications ranging from optimized building envelopes to furniture and custom made fashion. We want to share details of our project so everyone can build your own spraying tool and develop your usage with this technic.
Studio Assistant/ Fibre Dress
Demo and workshop in Fab10 festival July 5-6 2014
Selected Student Work
Masterclass: Architecture -Guide to the World’s Leading Graduate Schools
Frame Publishers, 17 December 2013