Robotics lab at Sci-Arc, Robots in Architecture and Robofold

Robotic arms, like many other digital fabrication tools,  are getting increasingly accessible but these ones have more potential than the others (3D printing, laser-cutting, CNC..etc) as it can do all of it and more. It can cut, print in 3D or even fold!

Below are couple examples of Robots being use to fold, print or fabricate components which could be used as building block.

First, lets start with London, ROBOFOLD offers workshops, and rents out their large 6 axis Robotic Arms which are mainly use for Folding Metal sheets.

Above: Robofold at 100% Design 

Above: Connection between the Grasshopper Interface and the Robots through Lobster

In Sci-Arc’s Robotics Lab   Zachary Schoch used robots to spread threads around a frame which he later removes to leave the amazing structures shown below.

Above: Video of Zachary Schoch’s Masters Thesis at Sci-Arc

In Vienna,  Robots in Architecture is an association set up by Johannes Braumann and Sigrid Brell-Cokcan which owork with a KUKA KR 5 SIXX R650 Robotic Arm to draw or punch holes. They also use Grasshopper but with the KUKA plugin. Below are couple images shown on their website:

Above: The Kuka Grasshopper GUI

Above: Sigfrid and Johannes with the Kuka Robotic Arm

Above: Video of Robot in Architecture’s Workshop at the Design Modelling Symposium 2011, Berlin.

Author: Arthur Mamou-Mani

Arthur Mamou-Mani AA dipl, ARB/RIBA FRSA – is a French architect, director of Mamou-Mani Architects, specialised in a new kind of digitally designed and fabricated architecture. He is a lecturer at the University of Westminster and owns a digital fabrication laboratory called the Fab.Pub which allows people to experiment with large 3D Printers and Laser Cutters. Arthur has been selected as one of the RIBAj's 2017 cohort of Rising Stars. He has won the Gold Prize at the American Architecture Prize for the Wooden Wave project installed at BuroHappold Engineering and since 2016, he is a fellow of the The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Prior to founding Mamou-Mani in 2011, he worked with Atelier Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid Architects and Proctor and Matthews Architects.

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