Interface /4 is part of an ongoing series of experiments investigating the design potential afforded by additive manufacturing for Architecture.
This fourth generation prototype is a 1:1 interface exploring how optical variability can be achieved through localised channeling and diffracting material structures.
Constructed of laser sintered nylon, the prototype consists of over 100 components with 10 different structural geometries leading to the majority of the structure achieving a thickness of 1mm.
Optimised for near site production, the entire prototype was built in a single laser sintering tank in over 4,700 120μm layers over 5 days.
Interface /4 and its precursor experiments intend to show how the opportunities for additive manufacturing in architecture extend beyond localised or near site manufacture, rather enabling unforseen levels of control within an architectural components material properties from the optical to the mechanical, thermal or even electrical.
The challenge for additive manufacturing’s application is not solely in the underlying technology, but critically within design’s ability to manage both the conceptual complexity and massive data flow that it presents. A revolution in manufacturing is limited without a revolution in design processes to meet it.
Interface /4 is part of an article on approaches in multiscalar design to be featured in a future issue of Architectural Design.
Designed by Richard Beckett, Sarat Babu & Vasilis Chlorokostas. Sponsored by Netfabb.
Temporarily installed in Wates House, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.