A high load-bearing support system comprising of flexible silicones, carbon rods, and magnets, are positioned over the actuator shafts, to hold a Membrane in place.
The Membrane serves as the mould surface and has two layers – a smooth silicone rubber layer on top, and a thick ferromagnetic silicone rubber layer on the bottom. Both the layers are held together using vacuum pressure and is attached to the support system using a network of magnets.
A 3D Laser Projector is placed overhead at a height of 3 – 5 meters from the highest vertical position of the membrane. The projector shoots a continuous beam onto the membrane to mark the edges of the panels, and to serve as a visual guide during the panel production.
In addition to laser markings, custom Snaps (flanges) are also available to set-up panel perimeters on top of the membrane.
The designs are transferred to the mould from the Control Box, which acts as the central nervous system that manages mould operations and configurations.
AdapaTools (a Rhino plugin software) prepares the CAD files for the panel prior to fabrication. The software analyses and optimizes the design of each panel in accordance with the specific mould that is being used. The software supports files formats such as 3dm, iges, stl, stp, 3ds, dwg, etc. and hence it is dynamic in terms of the various software applications that it supports.