FH Aachen FabBus

contact partner

Dominik Leis

smd+partner
dipl.-ing. dominik leis

Phone:
+49 241.609 14-13
e-mail:
d.leis@smd-partner.com

task

Design competition by the University of Applied Sciences in Aachen, departments of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics. Development of a mobile 3-D laboratory as part of the Goethe-Labs project, with the aim of promoting 3-D printing technologies at schools and businesses. This involved a former double decker Berlin city bus as the visionary and functional branding element under the name FabBus (taken from “fab” from “fabricator” and the word “bus”)

concept

3-D printing is the computer-controlled, coated adhesive creation of a three-dimensional model, which enables the spatial representation of complex, computer-generated volumes using an additive manufacturing process.

When considering the spatial layout of the bus levels, the volumes of which are limited by certain technical necessities, from these parameters an amorphous space can be generated which, when subdivided into abstract vertical layers, can represent both the printing process and render a space-defining zoning effect for the individual areas of the utilisation concept.

The remaining negative space as a result of the intersection forms the room’s topography, and accommodates storage-, exhibition- and the necessary foot traffic spaces.
Thanks to the use of graphical elements, black-and-white contrasts, high gloss and matt, transparent and opaque, the room creates the illusion of seeping away, thus losing its narrowness.

It is and remains a futuristic adventure space, which forms an exhibition area and training room across two floors, while also providing visitors with an insight into the future of 3-D printing.

services

  • Conceptualisation and competition work
  • Design + visualisation
  • Preparation for awarding contracts
  • Implementation planning
  • Cost management
  • Supervisory construction management
  • Project management

photography

FH Aachen

project partner

  • Fachhochschule Aachen Fachbereich Maschinenbau + Mechatronik
  • Goethe-Lab Aachen
  • Arne Steven Holz & Design
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