Air Craft

Entwicklung eines nutzer*innenorientierten Gestaltungsprozesses von ‚Inflatables’ mit Hilfe parametrisch basierter Fertigungsmethoden / Development of a user-oriented design process of 'Inflatables' with the help of parametric-based manufacturing methods.

Johannes Schmidtner

Telsonic GmbH

September / September - 2021

Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg

Bachelor of Arts


Air Craft is a research project that explores how manufacturing processes can be designed more openly and efficiently through digital fabrication and parametric design. It covers a comprehensive design and production process that questions authorship in design and allows all stakeholders to intervene from design to final product to create a personalized artifact. Exemplary of the process, a safety vest based on the technology of pressure-stabilized membrane structures was developed. These impact-resistant structures are ideal for protectors while being very lightweight and mobile. Using self-determined body measurements, the personal assistive product can be designed. A CNC-controlled ultrasonic welder then seals the seams of the product. This enables individual adaptation to the user as well as on-demand production with minimal energy consumption.