Gramazio Kohler Research
Open Positions
Thin Folded Concrete Structures
Jammed Architectural Structures
On-site Robotic Construction
Mesh Mould Metal
Smart Dynamic Casting and Prefabrication
Spatial Timber Assemblies
Robotic Lightweight Structures
Robotic Fabrication Simulation for Spatial Structures
Mesh Mould and In situ Fabricator
Complex Timber Structures
Spatial Wire Cutting
Robotic Integral Attachment
Mobile Robotic Tiling
YOUR Software Environment
Aerial Construction
Smart Dynamic Casting
Topology Optimization
Mesh Mould
Acoustic Bricks
Additive processes
Room acoustics

R-O-B, 2007-2008
Mobile Fabrication Unit
R-O-B extends the traditional prefabrication process of construction: the robot leaves the protected environment of the production hall and ventures out to the building site. Housed in a modified freight container, the R-O-B mobile fabrication unit can be used anywhere in the world. It combines the advantages of prefabrication – precision and consistent high quality – with the advantages of short transport routes and just-in-time production on the building site. Furthermore, the mobile fabrication unit is not restricted to a predefined manufacturing process or a particular building material. Making use of computer methodologies in the design and fabrication process allows for manufacturing building elements with highly specific forms, which could not be build manually.

Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Client: Keller AG Ziegeleien, Pfungen
Collaborators: Michael Lyrenmann (project lead), Tobias Bonwetsch, Ralph Bärtschi
Selected experts: Viola Zimmermann (cooperate identity)
Model making: Christoph Junk
Selected contractors: Bachmann Engineering AG Zofingen (integration)

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Gramazio Kohler Research
Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication
ETH Zürich HIB E 43
Stefano-Franscini Platz 1 / CH-8093 Zurich

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