ACCEDTECH @ Dutch Design Week Eindhoven

DDW_participant_2017_RGB_2400_zwart-op-witLeading the discussion on new frontiers for lightweight structural systems of the future, we imaged and built an hypothetical aerial vehicle -a flying wing- inspired by the suggestive drawings of H. Miyazaki.
Presenting a floating installation together with 1:1 scale details of the object, dissect the process of experimentation, we intend to widen the spectrum of future structural wonders.

Inspired by the very basic principles of nature – how forces interact and materialize into minimal waste of energy and matter – Tensegrities are today among structural solutions for lightweight systems most studied and yet mostly unexplored into practice . Often disregarded like artistic follies or bizarre construction, we took first steps in materializing how such tensegrity principle fits within a specific design intent.
The research methodology first presented at IASS-2010 Shanghai, then further deepened and discussed at IASS-2015 Amsterdam and Tensinet-2016 Newcastle ( both structural oriented symposiums), has here took a step back to fundamentals: working on force balance, lightness and material economy. The innocent and crude execution of such installation conceals a challenging task in terms of design, computing, problem solving, manufacturing and assembling. A system so simple, yet so complex to make, wildly explores how far natural systems can still inspired us in a diverging future of scarcity.

Kenneth Snelson, thanks

With great regreat, I came to know that K. Snelson died few days ago. A great man, even if he call himself always artist I believe artistic is a simplification of his deep understanding and thought about nature. Inventor of tensegrity, he alone has explored their application better than any body else. A great inspiation for any modern researcher.Thanks Kenneth.

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converging future. “an abstract”

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The industrial robotic market is currently accountable for a +5% growth registered in 2012 with over 168.000 units globally sold in 2013 only (+5% compared to 2012). The average price per robot is estimated in 60.000 USD. USA and Japan markets dominate the run for industrial automation in manufacturing. Other markets escalating the economical expansion -Asia- or in moderate recession -Europe- are otherwise pursuing partial recovery thanks to industrial automation conversion. On the other side the marketplace for robotics is opening towards professionals and small businesses, diversifying and aggregating the offer in few larger competitors and small service suppliers.
In parallel the market of prosthetic -with a yearly growth of +3%- accounts a value of which 2.1 billions goes only into products, components and supplies. It is a consolidated market with growing drivers and growing number of players (fragmentation trend likely due to emerging 3D printing technologies) with locked value chain.
Both markets have a trend toward lightweight solutions targeting niche segments of costumers. We believe a subsequent conjunction of the two mentioned markets – industrial robotics automation and prosthetic device- is soon going to generate a new segment of “enhancement personal device” for mobility and productivity. Compared to the existent offer, we think a favorable positioning should aim to lightweight low-cost solutions with limited payload and unparalleled performances. Of particular interest is the sub-segment of industrial robotics for beverage, electronics, medical and pharmaceutical sector (35% of the global market of industrial robots depends on 5 Kg payload handling capacity). In the prosthetic field instead the sub-segment for upper extremity prostheses accounts already 41% among limb amputations. Capturing such opportunity will drive innovation in term of differentiated product, business model and customer relationship (“customer centered” markets). In such perspective a differentiated offer minimizes usual investment costs, associated to lightweight high-end solutions, till today at the expenses of small business competitiveness or costumer affordability. Additionally it positively effects long-term impact in non-competitive economies -third country without effective labor policies- that currently struggle with inadequate means widening marketplace opportunities. Offering to present and future customers an affordable new class of lightweight systems -with high performance and low cost- is a priceless asset strengthening core businesses and market expansion.
cited from Acced Technologies BP

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Paper is Out : TENSINET – COST TU1303 International Symposium 2016

Procedia Engineering   —  Volume 155, 2016, Pages 183–194

TENSINET – COST TU1303 International Symposium 2016 “Novel structural skins – Improving sustainability and efficiency through new structural textile materials and designs”

Glad to say we will participate @ TENSINET – COST TU1303 International Symposium 2016 in Newcastle. We will present : “Unprecedented structural skins. Experiments towards an intelligent tensegrity skin.”

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Back to work

After our IASS entry we are going to work out few details didn`t play so nicely as expected.

We are going to research further the material to use for the intended scale of the pavilion and try out to produce the intended one. Stay tuned for the next pavilion development.

Thanks for your support.

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Working for the pavilion

IASS 2015 Amsterdam – ACCED+ pavilion

We are currently 100% capacity involved in the development and realization of the pavilion exhibiting at the IASS 2015 Amsterdam Symposium. Follow us in the FB page with last comments and pics.  >>  http://www.facebook.com/accedtecho

The pavilion has being developed based on the technology we supply, but in much larger scale. 

In the following weeks we will integrate information and insight of the pavilion and the technology we use. You can always find us at the IASS 2015 AM, look for us or search for our contribution (published paper). We are interested to hear from you and glad to meet you in person. Thanks.

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