Robo.Op is an open hardware / open software platform for hacking industrial robots (IRs). Robo.Op makes it cheaper and easier to customize your IR for creative use, so you can explore the fringes of industrial robotics. The toolkit is made up of a modular prototyping platform, a simpler software interface, and a centralized hub for sharing knowledge, tools, and code.
3D printers are far from a perfect technology at this point, but one of their most glaring issues is that their printing capacity is limited to the size of the machines. The print head on a 3D printer can only travel so far, which is why moving it onto a wheeled platform that's completely mobile is a brilliant idea, and could be quite a leap for the technology.
The Five-Axis Robotic Motion Controller aims to bring physical input and output closer together through the design purpose-built tools for fabrication, which hopefully leads to many new creative opportunities for designers. Working from observations about the way architects design, this project explores the development of a novel 3D drawing tool or customized 5-axis digitizing arm that takes real-time input and translates movement patterns directly into machine code for robotic fabrication. An improved workflow for robotic simulation was also developed as part of this project; using design tools that are already familiar to architects and designers, such as Rhino and Grasshopper.
"In the Scripted Movement Series of drawings/paintings, I have begun to experiment with the use of industrial robotics. Typically used in the production of cars or other mass-produced items of contemporary culture, these robots are essentially larger, stronger, and more precise version of the human arm. Made up of a series of joints that mimic yet extend the movements of shoulder, elbow, and wrist, the robot has a wide range of highly control motion. The real value of these robots is that, like the human arm, their usefulness is completely determined by the tool that is placed in its hand. Although with industry these tools include welding torches, vacuum grippers, and saws, really any tool can be used."
Featuring an industrial robot that aggregates material over distance and therefore exceeds its predefined workspace, this installation brings not only forward a novel scale of digital fabrication in architecture – it also takes a first step in characterizing a novel approach in digital fabrication, taking architecture beyond the creation of static forms to the design of dynamic material aggregation processes.
AADRL Studio Robert Stuart-Smith Architectural Association School of Architecture Students: SCL - Duo Chen, Liu Xiao, Sasila.Krishnasreni, Yiqiang Chen Technical…
This research proposes a non-standard construction process created by a swarm of 3D Printing UAVs; merging design and production within a singular process, based on the behaviours of robotic systems and composite materials. In contrast to conventional construction techniques, the research harnesses drone technologies in order to propose a construction process that can be pre-designed yet allow for flexibility in order to be implementable within a variety of environments through real-time structural feedback.
RC4 in London researches computational design methodologies for large-scale 3D printing with industrial robots, taking logistical, structural and material constraints as design opportunities to generate non-representational architectural spaces with extreme information density.
Robotic swarms that take inspiration from nature have become a topic of fascination for robotics researchers, whose aim is to study the autonomous behaviour of large numbers of simple robots in order to find technological solutions to common complex tasks.
Clay Robotics is an ongoing project developed by Jiashuang Sun, Kelvin Ho, and Sihan Wang at the The Bartlett, University College London. The project team is led by studio tutors Philippe Morel, Thibault Schwartz and Guan Lee as part of MArch Graduate Architecture Design, Research Cluster 5.
The proposed fabrication system hybridizes existing concrete casting techniques with additive manufacturing processes through the use of six-axis industrial robotic arms. The objective of this research is to develop a viable large-scale casting technique that is potentially more sustainable, and efficient than traditional construction.
ETH Zurich - Architecture und Digital Fabrication - DFAB
RMD takes a first step in characterizing a novel approach in digital fabrication, where material-driven robotic fabrication is not only used for construction, but as a guiding principle in the design and fabrication process. Featuring an industrial robot that aggregates complex large-scale building structures over distance, exceeding its predefined workspace, RMD offers a radically new approach of thinking about materializing architecture
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