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Front. Digit. Humanit. | doi: 10.3389/fdigh.2018.00023

Design to Robotic Assembly: An Exploration in Stacking

 Henriette Bier1, 2*, Sina Mostafavi1, 2 and  Yu-Chou Chiang1
  • 1Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • 2Dessau Institute of Architecture, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

The Design-to-Robotic-Assembly project presented in this paper showcases an integrative approach for stacking architectural elements with varied sizes in multiple directions. Several processes of parametrization, structural analysis, and robotic assembly are algorithmically integrated into a Design-to-Robotic-Production method. This method is informed by the systematic control of density, dimensionality, and directionality of the elements while taking environmental, functional, and structural requirements into consideration. It is tested by building a one-to-one prototype, which is presented and discussed in the paper with respect to the development and implementation of the computational design workflow coupled with robotic kinematic simulation that is enabling the materialization of a multidirectional and multidimensional assembly system.

Keywords: design-to-robotic-production, informed materialization, robotic building, Robotic assembly, robotic stacking

Received: 26 Oct 2017; Accepted: 21 Aug 2018.

Edited by:

Andrei Gheorghe, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria

Reviewed by:

Elie J. Gamburg, Other
Eran Neuman, Tel Aviv University, Israel  

Copyright: © 2018 Bier, Mostafavi and Chiang. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Henriette Bier, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft, Netherlands, h.h.bier@tudelft.nl