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Island time: a look at the high-tech manufacturing process changing everything from art to architecture

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Island time: a look at the high-tech manufacturing process changing everything from art to architecture

Composite manufacturing is an integral part of New Zealand’s globally renowned boat building industry. But, as Michael Barrett writes, these technological processes are also finding other applications in architecture, infrastructure, entertainment, transport and even art. Now 21 high-tech, ice-white ‘islands’ milled and routed by Warkworth-based Core Builders Composites are getting some airtime in Auckland’s new Objectspace Gallery.

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