Single Point Incremental Forming of Structural Insulated Panel System for Monocoque Structures

  • Crow, Jason (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Edwards, Charity (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Bird, Matthew (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Morgan, Tom (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Ness, Patrick (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Fischer, Soren (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Cassell, William (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Baker, Jacqueline (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

The Wonder Cabinette Project engages in the design of a unique modular caravan system, which can function as a multi-function, mobile technology platform and residence, to develop novel digital craft techniques. In particular, the project explores the craft of single point incremental forming of metal by an industrial robot through the development of a structural and manufacturing systems that is tested through the real-world application of the Wonder Cabinette caravan fabrication.

Reconciling differences in the features of sheet metal parts formed using Single Point Incremental Forming (SPIF) to be employed in the development of a monocoque that can function, as the structure and envelope of a building, requires compensating for the behaviour of different features that occur in incrementally formed sheet metal parts. Accounting for the variability of features further requires precise alignment and fitting of parts to accommodate static and dynamic loading, while also effectively creating a barrier to the elements. While Computer-Aided Process Planning systems have been developed to generate and optimize individual parts, fabricated using SPIF, the optimization and translation from standalone parts to an integrated construction system is needed. This research explores the development of a design and fabrication system that employs SPIF forming of sheet metal parts optimized for accurate and facile assembly.

The outcomes of this research will feed into 338282790 (The Wonder Cabinette Project)
Effective start/end date25/01/2230/05/23


  • Cox Architecture: A$30,000.00