HOW TO STABILIZE SOMETHING AS THIN AS A SHEET OF PAPER?

WE PUNCTURE, WE BEND, WE CORRUGATE, WE INFLATE.

WE RESEARCH AND CONSULT INNOVATIVE PRODUCTION PROCESSES FOR METAL SHEETS.


ZIETA Prozessdesign works constantly on the improvement of technologies such as FiDU - therefore one of the fields of activities is research and technology consulting. We test new forms and their behaviour in different complexities of final objects and of single shapes, so FiDU technology can be applied wider in the future. The research is undertaken with CAAD institute, ETH Zurich.

 





2002-... \ BENDING AND CORRUGATING THE METAL SHEETS

ROLLED STEEL SHEET > read more
ROLLED STEEL SHEET
LASER CUTTING > read more
LASER CUTTING
ZAGINANIE I FALOWANIE BLACHY > read more

First experiments led by Oskar Zieta, Philipp Dohmen and professor Ludger Hovestadt started at the ETH Zurich in 2002 by the in-depth analysis of the properties of the metal sheets. The purpose was to find an efficient and customized way to stabilize the thin material using a computer controlled production chain and to build durable construction elements using it. The first experiments were made of bent steel sheets that formed 3d structures able to carry their own weight. From 2002 a series of objects, roofs, ceilings, paravents were created and the know-how is now being used for products such as DS Container by Magazin.



2002
SXM PAVILION > read more
SXM PAVILION
7 DAYS PAVILION > read more
7 DAYS PAVILION
2004-2005
GLIDERFUESSLER > read more
GLIDERFUESSLER
STEEL ROOF > read more
STEEL ROOF

2005-2006
WALL, TRUMPF CH > read more
WALL, TRUMPF CH
WALL, TRUMPF PL > read more
WALL, TRUMPF PL




2007-... \ 3+ PLATTE TECHNOLOGY - PUNCTURING THE METAL SHEETS

3+ PLATTE > read more
3+ PLATTE
3+ PLATTE > read more
3+ PLATTE
CORRUGATING STEEL > read more

In 2007 another technique was invented as a development of the technology of puncturing the metal sheets. Metal sheets are punctured and then they can be put together and joined by the holes. Connecting 3 or more metal sheets using this technique makes a stable, usable object. In 2007 Oskar Zieta has created two experimental chairs in 3+ Platte technique. They are made of 3 thin steel sheets, laid one on another and joined by the punctures. The technique can be used as a construction for furniture.





2003-... \ FiDU TECHNOLOGY - INFLATING THE METAL SHEETS

FIRST FiDU EXPERIMENTS > read more
FIRST FiDU EXPERIMENTS
FiDU DESIGNER CHAIRS EXPERIMENT > read more
FiDU DESIGNER CHAIRS EXPERIMENT
FiDU > read more

The first experiments on the FiDU technology began in 2003. FiDU can be compared to IHU technology of hydroforming used in a car industry, but is far less expensive, because no moulds are needed. Short series of unique objects can be made that way. FiDU requires one thousandth of the pressure needed for IHU. The main advantage is that the production is very fast, easy and precise. Two dimensional elements are cut from the steel sheets and welded one to another using laser and then the inflation transforms them into a stable 3 dimensional object.




2005-2006
PLOPP STOOL PROTOTYPE - WEIGHT CAPACITY TEST > read more
PLOPP STOOL PROTOTYPE - WEIGHT CAPACITY TEST
1ST FiDU CHAIR > read more
ONE OF THE 1ST FiDU CHAIRS
2008
FiDU SEAHORSE STRUCTURE > read more
FiDU SEAHORSE STRUCTURE
FiDU FOOTBALL - FiDU PRECISION TEST > read more
FiDU FOOTBALL - FiDU PRECISION TEST

FiDU football - a modular object, a more than 4m diameter icosahedron, i.e. a football, explored the application of such characteristics as planned contour control, precision and rigidity. In this case, high precision was required. 90 elements in total were produced. This project was the first successful completion of a refined, precise, three-dimensional construction from FiDU elements. This is where one often overlooked feature of the basic technology is brought to the fore - FiDU is a sophisticated combination of digital and laser production techniques tailored to produce the highest possible accuracy in forming technology, in which the level of precision loss is taken into account deliberately.



2008
LOW COST FiDU WIND ROTOR > read more
LOW COST FiDU WIND ROTOR
FINAL FORM OF THE PLOPP STOOL, RED DOT DESIGN AWARD > read more
FINAL FORM OF THE PLOPP STOOL, RED DOT DESIGN AWARD

As further development of the research on the FiDU technology, the following task was produce a non-symmetrical profile for a wind rotor. Three aerodynamic profiles were created and successfully tested for a low-cost wind turbine. This project has manifold benefits over traditional wind turbine construction. In addition to significantly lower production cost it is also possible to scale the wings to almost any size and thus adapt the design to the specific weather conditions of any location.


2008
FiDU BRIDGE > read more
FiDU BRIDGE
FINAL FORM OF THE CHIPPENSTEEL CHAIR > read more
FINAL FORM OF THE CHIPPENSTEEL CHAIR

One of the most important projects to date, the FiDU-foot bridge, was carried out in late 2007 with architecture students from the ETH. The foot bridge has a span of 6m and a net weight of only 174 kilograms. The span to weight ratio astonished even the enlisted ETH structural engineers. The expected 500 kg were easily supported during a professional stress test, and a top weight of 1850kg exceeded all expectations giving the FiDU bridge a 1:10 weight to load-bearing ratio. Thus, FiDU was positioned as a new player in the ultralight construction class. The main ingredients of the construction were there still: 1mm thick sheet metal and 0.4bar from the air compressor.The technology is suddenly as mobile as a simple air compressor.


2009
FiDU RESEARCH FOR PUBLIC ELEMENTS > read more
FiDU RESEARCH FOR PUBLIC ELEMENTS
DEVELOPING FiDU FOR EVERYDAY PRODUCTS > read more
DEVELOPING FiDU FOR EVERYDAY PRODUCTS

The first collection of everyday products of Zieta Prozessdesign shows the use of the FiDU technology for home and office objects. The products are taking advantage of the years of research - they are innovatively shaped in the exciting new technology, but they are also a part of a reserach and of the observation on the material. Their beauty is built by the unique deformations created by air, pressure and the natural behaviour of the metal sheets. FiDU allows for the production of short series of products efficiently - there are also limited editions in unique materials. The products are available on shop.zieta.pl.



2010
JOINING FiDU ELEMENTS - ARCHITONIC CONCEPT SPACE III > read more
JOINING FiDU ELEMENTS - ARCHITONIC CONCEPT SPACE III
JOINING FiDU ELEMENTS - BONES > read more
JOINING FiDU ELEMENTS - BONES

This modular exhibition piece for Architonic illustrates the aesthetic flexibility of FiDU objects. It's high gloss finish and shallow inflation render a sleek impression which is in high contrast to the obviously inflated and brightly colored PLOPP stools. The ability of FiDU to spatially and aesthetically span the fields of design and architecture opens many possibilities for new applications. The latest FiDU object pushes the technology one step further by moving into a new scale. The key for the development of this idea was to research the new methods of joining FiDU elements together, which was enabled by inventing a series of stabl knots between different beams of the structure.


2010
NEW MATERIAL RESEARCH - COPPER AND ALUMINIUM > read more
NEW MATERIAL RESEARCH - COPPER AND ALUMINIUM
ROLLED INFLATED ELEMENTS IN FiDU > read more
ROLLED INFLATED ELEMENTS IN FiDU

The series of rolled steel profiles - "Blow and Roll", were created for the London Design Festival 2010. The new opportunity is the milestone in the development of FiDU. Flat and rolled elements can be transported cost-efficiently on site an then inflated and unrolled to the stable form. in 2010 the structure made of Blow & Roll elements was shown at the Victora&Albert Museum in London. Along with the exhibition, smaller 125cm long elements were create to showcase the technology and the new opportunities.