The Self-Assembly Line is a large-scale version of a self-assembly virus capsid, demonstrated as an interactive and performative structure.
A discrete set of modules are activated by stochastic rotation from a larger structure that forces the interaction between units. The unit is designed so to auto-align into locally-correct configurations. As more units come into contact, break away, and reconnect, larger elements emerge. By changing the external conditions, the geometry of the unit, the attraction of the units and the number of units supplied, the desired global configuration can be programmed.
Location: TED 2012, Palm Springs
My Role: Fabrication research, design, prototyping, assembly
Additional Credits: SJET