Friday, March 28, 2014

Rob|Arch 2014 workshops

Rob|Arch 2014 will offer 8 workshops dealing with different aspects of robotic fabrication, including multi-robot cooperation, sensor feedback, and advanced design to production workflows. All workshops take place in parallel May 14-16. The results will be discussed at the conference - along with the scientific papers - on May 17-18. 

Featured workshops:

ICD - University of Stuttgart
Fiber Syntax

Fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) possess many characteristics, such as a high load-bearing capacity combined with minimal self-weight. This has made them the preferred choice for structural applications in various engineering fields, ranging from automotive to ship-building to aerospace. The performative nature of these material systems is further enhanced through design considerations at the material organization scale, which allows a higher degree of material efficiency and morphologic articulation in light-weight construction. Such a system requires the fabrication of complex geometries with precisely controlled fiber orientation — a difficult process to achieve on an architectural scale using traditional modes of fabrication. Existing manufacturing techniques for FRP rely on costly formwork for serial production of identical elements or complex adaptable formwork for one-off production. Neither of these strategies seems applicable to the building industry. Coreless winding strategies developed for the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilions minimizes the necessity for formwork while providing a high degree of freedom for geometrically differentiated building components.

Bot & Dolly
Craft Class 4 Robots

Bot & Dolly Reel from Bot & Dolly on Vimeo.

We will work through two creative spaces – fabrication design and visual effects – to leverage multiple human-robot interfaces for programming motion. The workshop encourages rapid iteration and experimentation using parametric and animation tool sets to design both sequential and time-based motion. Through iterative design charrettes, participants will be introduced to motion design for synchronous robotics, motion capture using multiple sensory inputs, and workflows for rapid ideation.

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