Pins function as M-Form’s hardware similar to pin art toys, where a physical object is inserted on one side and shown as a height field representation on the other.
M-Form technology is a two-part system consisting of both software and hardware components. Parametric software is used to analyze and translate 3D modeled surfaces into numeric data that can control the positioning of actuating pins. These pins function as the hardware very similarly to pin art toys where a physical object is inserted on one side and shown as a height field representation on the other.
The difference with M-Form is that the height field is attached to a flexible membrane that acts to smooth out the dimples caused by the pins with the intent of forming a high resolution mold surface to cast against. Its shape is then governed by numeric information from the software where height is reinterpreted as steps for stepper motor actuation, thereby allowing it to reconfigure into infinite shapes without the need to use any new stock material.
M-Form plug-in software integrates with programs already in use at architectural and engineering firms today.
Actuating pins are pushed and pulled based on CAD data and the tips of the pins anchor into a proprietary silicone surface.
The two silicone surfaces are pushed together to form a cavity (a mold) to pour casting material (i.e. concrete, acrylic, etc.) between.
A half hour later a hardened panel is ready for finishing!