Un[Expected] Mate[Reality] 2014 is an intensive workshop which offers an opportunity to students, researchers and young designers to explore methods and tools related to innovative topics of the architectural discipline. The Workshop is part of a series of initiatives based in the School of Architecture and Society of Politecnico di Milano and focusing on Computational Design and Emerging Technologies. The aim is to introduce students to contemporary design strategies centered on the application of advanced software, enabling an augmented ability to conceptualize, develop and build innovative architecture.
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.
at inspiration in the art of traditional Japanese paper origami when developing and creating a new class of elastomer based material named OriMetric. The research lab and developer of OriMetric, trex:labs, was founded by Mads Hansen last winter after he graduated from Pratt Institute, New York, on his Masters degree in Industrial Design. Mads’ graduate thesis work was centered on a collection of experimental studies with crease pattern coating and molding.
Currently, Mads is utilizing origami’s structural mountain and valley tessellation as a meta-material quality in excising materials, which has ultimately yielded a breakthrough method for creating OriMetric with unique functional and esthetic qualities.
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!
Since the end of the XIXth century, architects' spatial desires of flexibility, adaptability, modulation, variation and interactivity have progressively been envisaged via dynamic logics. Despite recent innovations in the field of smart-materials, the conception of kinetic responsive architecture still remains deeply anchored in a very conventional and Mechanistic approach that consists in using external machines or robots to transform structures. Considering this statement as a starting point,
After a fair amount of work we can finally presents you a tutorial on how to modify our 3Drag printer or K8200 printer to transform it in a perfect CNC milling machine, to be used for the production of PCBs, by incision. In addition, we also show you the procedures to obtain the G-Code file required for the machine to perform the contouring of the slopes and the drilling of the base: this starting from any Gerber file or from a project made with EAGLE software. Furthermore, to use the 3Drag as