A prototype of a translation of the Inca Wedge method into Autoclave Aerated Concrete. First the unique units are carved with precision on the visible face, then swarf milled away in the back to ensure only the front edge and a central nub will align with the neighbors. What is of interest in this method is the conventional technique of laying mortar then setting a masonry unit into the mortar allowing the squeeze-out to precisely align units is replaced. In this technique, the precisely carved units are first held in place dry, then packed in from behind with mortar (in this case plaster). This method has advantages and disadvantages, though we are excited for the potentials. More to come soon!
Construction Robotics is a startup company focused on advancing construction through the use of new technology and the same manufacturing principles used for decades in other industries. CR is developing a system that will revolutionize the masonry industry by bringing robotics and automation to the construction site. The product is a Semi-Automated Masonry (SAM) system and is designed to work with the mason, assisting with the repetitive and strenuous task of lifting and placing each brick.
This experimental series of tests is a step forward in a larger research project focused on the exploration of the possible interactions between digital computation and complex and selforganizing physical processes. The series is developed on the base of a small block of code refined during the preparation of the workshop ‘BioLogic:living structures and swarm bodies’ and aimed to facilitate direct interaction from Processing to FDM 3Dprinters through the generation of G-code instructions. The produced objects try to combine the potential offered from generative strategies in the exploration of non-standard deposition processes and the capacity of plastic threads to self-organize in curly geometries once extruded from the 3D printer.