Founder of Materiology
One stunning personality. The 33-year-old has created FAB.REcology, a fabrication machine that changes the very nature of a material as it is printed, taking the process far beyond the current abilities
of rapid prototyping.
“Imagine you are feeding concrete into the machine and you have some sort of mechanism that controls its density,” Oxman says. “The concrete can come out very dense and thick, or it can come out very porous.” Areas that are load bearing would be solid, while those that provide ventilation and light would be permeable, dramatically reducing material redundancy and energy demands. “The architect becomes this composer that controls material distribution,” she says. “It’s no longer about the shape of a building but rather its behavior.” And though Oxman is now limited to feeding the relevant environmental data into the machine at the lab, she imagines the technology evolving into a giant robot that would survey conditions and print a building on-site.
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