The "supercar" in question, made byLexus, "is being used as a test bed for newly-designed parts made from carbon fibre and plastic. Compared to steel or aluminium, it makes the car stronger and lighter but producing these components is much more time-consuming: only one car is currently being assembled per day."
According to Lexus, 3D weaving technology reduces the volume of materials used by 50 per cent and increases their strength. The automated process should also make it easier to produce a large volume of parts in the future. They hope to use this machine, and other carbon fibre manufacturing technologies, to create more efficient cars.
Or more efficient buildings. Get one of these circular superlooms in London for theFabricateconference; Lexus can offer some corporate sponsorship to make it worthwhile, and you can weave a new structure in its entirety each day, unleashing this hypnotic race of machine-spiders and their laser-assisted loom. Also, check out this video: New industrial shapes emerge from a slow cyclone of threaded metal. Future silksfor future objects. In any case, if you're in London on 15-16 April, be sure to check outFabricate, and, if you see the organizers, tell them you read about it on BLDGBLOG.