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Robotic Fabrication Laboratory
Spatial Wire Cutting
Mesh-Mould
The Sequential Roof
Aerial Constructions
Mobile Robotic Tiling
Smart Dynamic Casting
Complex Timber Structures
Software Environments
Robotic Foldings
Acoustic Bricks
TailorCrete
BrickDesign
Echord
Flight Assembled Architecture
The Endless Wall
Stratifications
FlexBrick
The Catenary Pavilion
Additive processes
Pike Loop
Room acoustics
Architonic Concept Space
Structural Oscillations
R-O-B
Superwood
Winery Gantenbein
Extrusion process of prototype in ABS
PLA meshes in scale 1:5 extruded on UR robot at FCL
Extrusion process of PLA meshes in scale 1:5

Prototypical concrete wall section

Mesh–Mould, SEC Singapore ETH Centre, ETH Zurich , 2012-2016
ETH Research Project
The research project Mesh-Mould addresses the 1:1 construction aspects of robotically fabricated loadbearing structures. Considering the use of standard industrial robots with its limited payload capacities, however with a high capacity for precise spatial coordination, an optimal use of the machine requires construction processes with minimal mass transfer and a high degree of geometric definition. Subsequently the fabrication of formwork for material efficient, thus geometric complex concrete elements constitutes the focus of this investigation. Mesh-Mould combines formwork and reinforcement into one single robotically fabricated construction system. The project (US Provisional Patent Application No. 61/873,467) is conducted in close collaboration with Sika Technology AG as an industry partner and expert in cementitious materials.

Credits:
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Collaborators: Norman Hack (project lead), Willi Viktor Lauer

Thesis Supervisor:
Prof. Matthias Kohler, Prof. Fabio Gramazio

Industry partner: Sika Technology AG, Switzerland

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