Neri Oxman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Monocoque, from the Materialecology project 2007

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Monocoque is a construction technique whereby weight is carried by an object’s skin instead of an internal structure. In this project, loadbearing areas are thicker, and veinlike elements have been built into the skin where needed to carry weight. The composite prototype models, fabricated by a Polyjet three-dimensional printer, represent three strategies for the design and fabrication of singleshell structures.

Gallery label from Design and the Elastic Mind, February 24–May 12, 2008.
3D printed multicolored Vero acrylic polymer
.a: 13 × 7 1/4 × 8" (33 × 18.4 × 20.3 cm) .b: 13 × 7 1/4 × 8" (33 × 18.4 × 20.3 cm) .c: 3 1/4 × 14 × 5" (8.3 × 35.6 × 12.7 cm)
Model maker
Objet Geometries, Inc., Z Corporation
Gift of The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art
Object number
© 2024 Neri Oxman
Architecture and Design

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