Module 4 - FiDU
The FiDU module concentrates on exploring the application of FiDU (Freie Innendruck Umformung - "Free internal pressure forming") in architectural design. The MAS group conducted first experiments by constructing an inflatable metal bench. They then developed a modular system of inflatable sheet metal components with the aim of using these to construct a pavilion. The final pavilion was exhibited at the DMY exhibition in Berlin in June 2010.
Further FiDU experiments of the CAAD department can be found at the CAAD Blech Lab.
1. Warm-up Exercise: FiDU Bench
2. FiDU at DMY Berlin 2010
What is FiDU? An Introduction by Dino Rossi
FIDU technology has been used within the CAAD department to create everything from
furniture to bridges to pavilions to wind mills. Experimentation with FIDU is ongoing and
consistently increasing in scale. It is taught within the ETHZ Department of Architecture through
Seminarwoche and as a module in the Master of Advanced Studies in Computer Aided
Architecture Design (MAS CAAD) program which is run through the CAAD chair.
The experimentation has continually collaborated with industry leaders of advanced
manufacturing technologies, including: Trumpf, Fronius, AMAG, Kuka, and Soutec.
Beyond it's experimental/educational application within the CAAD chair, FIDU has led to
the spin-off company Zieta Prozessdesign, founded by Oskar Zieta. Zieta Prozessdesign designs
and produces a successful product line using FIDU technology. These products have been
featured at the Saatchi Gallery in London, Moss in New York, the Salone Del Mobile in Milano, and
many other prominent design fairs and galleries.