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Composed of a transportable tri-ABB IRB2600 multimove system, the UIBK Rex/Lab is one of the first multi-robot setup to be integrated in an architecture school. This unique piece of equipment is directly controlled by the students via the HAL Robot Programming & Control plugin for Grasshopper. Designed and written by Thibault Schwartz - who also conducted introductory workshops in Innsbruck related to this specific setup since November 2012, HAL is a flexible robot programming interface allowing designers and architects to program and control ABB industrial robots in real-time from Rhino without the need to learn the robot language. HAL allowed the students to learn how to program and develop multi-robot manufacturing strategies relying on their architectural intuitions, while the workshops helped them to aquire the skills needed to build custom end-effectors designed for specific applications, and to improve them in relation to the machines and materials characteristics.


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Smart Geometry 2013 - Constructing for Uncertainty

Design and construction, increasingly more information-centric, must also address issues of computational ambiguity. We are limited by the fact that only a subset of the relevant factors in design can be represented in standard CAD systems. As users, we must drive computational systems to assume new roles and subsume more domains to meet the needs before us. We must consider issues of time and permanence within a cultural and technological landscape of constant change - our most grand gestures will define our environment physically, culturally and economically for generations. As designers, we must deal with realities and future uncertainties of context, material and immaterial, and their manifestations in scale from spaces to buildings to cities.

In designing for the built environment, sg2013 will exploit digital technologies to help us move beyond traditional dichotomies and find new paths. How can we explore computational techniques such as optimization beyond the limits of quantifiable phenomenon to the qualities of an uncertain future? What is the role of efficiency in a dynamic environment? How will we resolve the gaps between the certainty of digitally calibrated fabrication and the roughness of existing conditions, construction tolerances, and the uncertainty of future occupant behavior?

Where historic responses to uncertainty constructed a simplistic environment with basic mechanisms for aggregation and subdivision, we augment these with smart, dynamic and interactive systems. Where modeling capacity has been limited, we now take advantage of vast amounts of data collected by sensing and scanning devices, processed by cluster or grid computing, filtered by machine learning algorithms into patterns, and communicated by ubiquitous devices. Our past data trajectories can guide us in discovering robust and tolerant design systems to meet the demands of a malleable present and uncertain future. [1]

sg2013 cluster: Robotic FOAMing

with Prof. Marjan Colletti, Georg Grasser, Kadri Tamre and Allison Weiler

Robotic FOAMing will explore robotics as a design interface for a non-linear fabrication process, operating in a new way between traditional representation, digital modeling and fabrication.

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ROB|ARCH has been initiated by the Association for Robots in Architecture as a new conference series on the use of robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design, closely linking industry with cutting-edge research institutions. Over the last years robotic research has been rather exclusive to a handful of institutions in architecture, art and design. For the first time, ROB|ARCH will bring together international university partners who will open their robotic research labs to a creative use and present an insight in their applied robotic research at various locations throughout Europe. While the international workshops will be distributed at university partners, the following conference will take place in Vienna, a city well known for its living quality, but also a hotspot for technology and innovation.

The internationally renowned publishing house Springer Wien/New York will publish and market the proceedings of the conference worldwide. Robots in Architecture, Art, and Design

Industrial robots have been applied in full-scale construction – as a replacement for manual labor – in Japan since the 1980s with little success due to automation difficulties and economic reasons. However, robots are again gaining popularity in architecture: Snøhetta – as one of the first architectural offices – has recently purchased their own industrial robot. As more and more architects are exposed to robotic fabrication, the need for easy interoperability, integration into architectural design tools and general accessibility arises. Just as well, architects are discovering that industrial robots are much more than kinematic machines for stacking bricks, welding or milling: They are highly multifunctional and can be used for a huge variety of tasks. However, industry standard software does not provide easy solutions for allowing direct robot control right from Computer Aided Architectural Design systems. In the first ROB|ARCH conference international researchers, architects and designers will discuss methods of designing for and programming industrial robots, published architectural results and the design of new user interfaces that allow intuitive control of parametric designs and customized robotic mass production, by integrating Computer Aided Manufacturing functions into CAAD. Association for Robots in Architecture

The international Association for Robots in Architecture is originally a spin off association of Vienna University of Technology. Its goal is to make industrial robots accessible for the creative industry, artists, designers and architects, by sharing ideas, research results and technological developments. [1]

Student projects

14/15 Neue Technologien - Roborite

Tutors: Tamre Kadri, Rutzinger Stefan, Schinegger Kristina

Do new technologies change the design methods and support fabrication processes? The aim of the course was directed towards obtaining deeper knowledge over machinic design and fabrication opportunities, unlocking the potential of digital methods to implement in building structures. The study of fabrication and assembly protocols goes hand in hand with material research: its production, behavior, properties, parameters and capacities. Therefore, starting with a broad study of fabrication methods being inspired by the synergetic potential to understand architecture as something between nature and man-made, the initial ideas followed different strategies, form which one was chosen for the workshop to be tested in bigger scale.

The chosen concept was inspired by fulgurite – a mineral formed by a lightning strike in quartz-sand or soil. A series of material tests, tools and a method of fabrication were developed and amended from this concept. Fulgurite is formed through a lightning strike that fuses mineral grains together and leaves an evidence of the path on a surface or inside the earth. As a testing field, an abstract installation composed of a field of poles, was set up in order to test and study the limits and opportunities of the selected process. For the current study, modelling plaster was injected into the body of sand with linear robotic movements.

5 projects

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Magnetic Fabric NT ws14 Magneticfabric FleckensteinSternSimon 020.jpg magnetic fabric Fleckenstein Julia
Simon Bob
Stern Gabriel
Neue Technologien
Sandbed Gips.jpg Sandbed Härtenberger Lukas
Knapp David
Volderauer Florian
Neue Technologien
Ferro(robo)tics FRtitel.jpg Ferro(robo)tics Messner Deborah
Kumric Ines
Limmer Stephan
Drexel Günther
Neue Technologien
Bent Structure Bs glasfaser4.jpg bent structure Aschberger Anna
Höck Thomas
Kendlbacher Sabine
Nocker Markus
Neue Technologien
Ephemeral Ice Shapes OutcomePhysical3.jpg Ephemeral Ice Shapes Alexander Grasser
Pedja Gavrilovic
Jörg Stanzel
Alexander Walzer
Neue Technologien

12/13 computergestützte fabrikationsverfahren

Tutors: Grasser Georg, Schwartz Thibault

6 projects

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Hauthaler/Winklhofer, Folding IMG 5135.JPG Folding Hauthaler
Computergestützte Fabrikationsverfahren
Götz/Schmied, Bending GS 95 1212.JPG Bending Götz
Computergestützte Fabrikationsverfahren
Adelsberger/Gambel, Bending IMG 20130108 143252.jpg Bending Adelsberger
Gambel Selina
Computergestützte Fabrikationsverfahren
Loho/Kintzele/Klingemann, Twisted Bending Ra 06.jpg Twisted Bending Loho
Computergestützte Fabrikationsverfahren
Battisti/Kattan/Sieder, Lock-Up Bending CGF Workshop Kattan 10.jpg Lock-Up Bending Battisti
Computergestützte Fabrikationsverfahren
Bertemes/Brunner/Gamper/Schiefer, Picking Berthemes brunner gamper schiefer-testphase-08.jpg Picking Bertemes
Computergestützte Fabrikationsverfahren

SS13 Digital Architecture

8 projects

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Quality of textile folding Textile folding model.jpg folding Viktoria Obwaller
Lisa Huber
Digital Architecture
Foam Experiments DA Hauthaler Winklhofer Plakat.jpg Foam Experiments Hauthaler Julia
Winklhofer Marc
Digital Architecture
Indenter Mr da ss13 001.jpg Indenter Rupf Marc Digital Architecture
Rex Scan RexScan008.jpg Rex Mair Raimund Digital Architecture
Digital foam Titelbild.png Digital Foam Loho Roger
Pühringer Lukas
Schuster Daniel
Zeiler Thomas
Digital Architecture
Die Qualitäten Textiler Faltung Praes11 lelo 1.jpg triple penetration of a single surface Lechner Hannes
Loewit Gregor
Digital Architecture
Endless Fabric Pattern Fabricpattern final-01title.jpg Endless Fabric Pattern Klingemann Ole
Niedermayr Stefan
Digital Architecture
Twisted Folding Frontcsae7580.jpg
Twisted Folding
Digital Foam
Ginzinger Peter
Hoops Lucas
Digital Architecture


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