Fabricating cellular geometries using hand held conduit benders

We continued our experimentation with pipe-bent structures in a short workshop at Grimshaw’s offices in London, this time attempting to produce periodic components with standardised joints to maximize the perceived surface of a design and minimize fabrication time. Because the sculpture was produced in an office we were unable to work with power tools or heavy materials, and instead used 8mm aluminium tube that could be cut with a rudimentary pipe cutter and bent with a very small hand held conduit bender. At this scale both the material and the fabrication process is very forgiving, enabling us to produce parts accurately enough to form closed loops.

Because of the precision and relatively low cost of this fabrication technique it could be utilized to fabricate large structures in chunks without requiring access to typical workshop equipment.