AA DLAB 2023, directed by Elif Erdine and Milad Showkatbakhsh, explored the potentials of active bending through the robotic bundling and twisting of rattan canes. In human construction, the practice of bundling and utilizing friction-based structures has been employed for centuries. Within both prehistoric and traditional architectures, the increased load-bearing capacity of bundled poles, compared to the mere summation of individual poles, has resulted in highly efficient systems.

During AA DLAB 2023, we have worked with rattan canes, a renewable and biodegradable resource, and we have focused on the creating of lightweight structures through the bundling and twisting of rattan canes. The final working prototype, called FLEX, is partially robotically fabricated through developed construction and assembly techniques. We have implemented various simulation methods, structural analysis, and optimisation techniques as design drivers.

More information can be found at:
https://dlab.aaschool.ac.uk/