Google the name Skylar Tibbits and you’ll find TED Talks on creating things that make themselves without humans or machines. Intrigued? Type his name into YouTube and see for yourself.
Components spontaneously assemble into structures. Materials reconfigure, go from liquid to solid and act like actuators.
As founder and co-director, along with Jared Laucks, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Self- Assembly Lab Tibbits and team’s exploration into melding design of the physical and digital worlds has produced numerous innovations that appear mind-blowing to the untrained eye. One of the Self-Assembly Lab’s latest experiments, in partnership with Steelcase and designer Christophe Guberan, broke the three main constraints of 3D printing: speed, scale and material properties. They created an intricate lattice tabletop for turnstone’s Bassline table.