MATRICE, lead by the Institute Mines Telecom (IMT) and the School of Architecture and Landscape of Lille (ENSAPL), questions the issues about the additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) applied to the building industry.
Eight laboratory and schools are grouped in consortium and work within five workpackages (WP) which gather to impress life-size architectural prototypes (cf.Gallery). A leader by WP has the responsibility of the coordination, ensures the regular interaction between the partners, and builds the reports for the decision-making authorities. Here is the plan of organization of five workpackages:
The aim of this research project is to make the proof of 3D printing’s concept thanks to the skills in Region Hauts-de-France, by realizing prototypes which, by their automated implementation, the use of adapted materials (structurally and in terms of sustainable development), and their architectural impact (forms, perspectives of use in the building environment, etc.) express the potential of this new modus operandi through using robots and according to the standards of the building industry.
The deliverables will consist of a prototype of one cubic meter, and documents to spell out its qualities, the approach of design thinking, and the impact of its implementation on the whole field of building conception.
This first period of research (two years) will allow to learn from the experience, and to open new approaches for the improvement of the prototype in future research. It will also be the opportunity to add interested actors into the research, to refine partnerships and methods of research, and to determine the financing tracks for another project.
MATRICE appears in the Haut-de-France Regional Council in a dynamic of questioning around the Third Industrial Revolution. At the heart of this questioning, the architecture of tomorrow, the digital transition, the ecological issues, the adaptation of the production with the interdisciplinary collaboration etc.