Robotic 3D Printing_Material Architecture

Project as part of Robotic Building Project sponsored by 3TU.Bouw, DRI, 100%Research Office of BK and ABB Credit: TU Delft, Hyperbody Group: Sina Mostafavi, Henriette Bier, Serban Bodea, Ana Maria Anton Project leaders: Henriette Bier, Sina Mostafavi

The ceramic robotic printing explores possibilities of production of 3D printed building parts and establishes a production method where all parameters are calibrated for the developed physical set-up. The team designed an extruder connected to an end-effector mounted on the head of a robotic arm, where the material source was exterior to the robotic arm in order to maximize the freedom of movement, in order to achieve an optimum multi-dimensional material-architecture. Initial experiments ranges from simple layer-by-layer material deposition to study material flow to 3D dimensional printing on doubly curved surfaces.

Linke to the 3TU Project


This project presents the development of a materially informed Design-to-Robotic-Production (D2RP) process for additive manufacturing aiming to achieve performative porosity in architecture at various scales. An extended series of experiments on materiality employing robotic fabrication techniques were implemented in order to finally produce a prototype on one-to-one scale. In this context, design materiality has been approached from both digital and physical perspectives. At digital materiality level, a customized computational design framework has been implemented for form finding of compression only structures combined with a material distribution optimization method. Moreover, the chained connection between the parametric design model and the robotic production setup has enabled a systematic study of specific aspects of physicality that cannot be fully simulated in the digital medium. This established a feedback loop for not only understanding material behaviors and properties but also robotically deposit material in order to create an informed material architecture.


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