Gradual Assemblies

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In this project, the potential of cooperative multi-robotic fabrication was investigated.

The setup of two robotic arms, one holding a timber slat and the other drilling through the slats, informed segmentation logics as well as configurations of timber slats.

The dowels are placed and oriented while respecting the angle constraints that come from the length of the drill bit and location constraints that come from structural demand.

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All of these restrictions are solved by means of computational design.

Finally, 22 segments were fabricated in the Robotic Fabrication Laboratory at ETH Zurich.

Period: 2018.04 - 2018.06
Location: Zurich, Switzerland and Rome, Italy
Type: Semester Project

Advisors: Hannes Mayer, David Jenny (project lead), Augusto Gandia, Matthias Helmreich, Andreas Thoma
Team: MAS ETH DFAB Students
Role: Design

Software/Language: Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Python
Machine: ABB Robots

Photo Credits: Martina Cirese and Jetana Ruangjun