TEAM: Chi-Kuan Im – Chinese – Politecnico di Milano – On-U Leong – Chinese – The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Industrial Revolution on the Sea

Dear Earth,

Greetings from Planet U. We wish to express disappointment to the design of building for manufacturing (which called ‘Factory’ in Earth). As a neighbour in the galaxy, we would like to advise you for a more intelligent future. Please find the attached images of our DRIFT system for reference.

As we have observed, human lives and fabricates products on lands (30% of the Earth’s surface), while using 70% consists of water for transportation only. DRIFT is to combine all the procedures, from raw material collection to retailing, with transportation, and make them happened on the sea. DRIFT saves lands and makes cities far from pollution. Furthermore, the strategy of ‘fabricating while transporting’ makes the production cycle much more efficient.

Every module of DRIFT consists of two parts – Production and Delivery sections. Robot arms on each side of Production section provide corresponding services for procedures. During the production cycle, Delivery sections transfer materials from one module to another, and multiply combine with different Production sections. Products from different countries can be processed at the same time, even they are transferring to different destinations.

We are confident DRIFT will raise the 4th Industrial Revolution in your history.

Planet U


TEAM: Mark Andrew Lee – Singaporean – De Montfort University

Overworked labourers, horrible working environments, and animal-like treatments, all for the sake of increasing efficiency. These are the stigmas that come along with the conventional factory. Companies like Pegatron and Foxconn have both overworked and forced its employees into detrimental actions such as suicide. This is an unsustainable form of manufacturing. How then, can we introduce a more humane and still efficient solution?

Enter the Mobile Factory. Gone are the days of working tirelessly in a numbing ever stagnant environment with poor conditions. Now if you wish to be a factory worker you simply sign up for it on the Mobile Factory App and it will brief you on the safety procedures and instructions. An air drone will then be buzzed through the app every morning to bring you the materials needed to get started, allowing you to work anywhere throughout the day. Once you have finished, simply notify the app and the drone will return to receive the assembled components.

As the world continues to advance, so too must perceptions about the possibilities of industrial realities. The Mobile Factory strives to be a 21st century minded factory in a 21st century world.

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