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Mesh Mould Metal
Robotic Lightweight Structures
Complex Timber Structures
Robotic Fabrication Laboratory
Spatial Wire Cutting
Mobile Robotic Tiling
The Sequential Roof
Robotic Integral Attachment
YOUR Software Environment
Aerial Construction
Rock Print
Smart Dynamic Casting
Topology Optimization
Iridescence Print
Robotic Foldings
Mesh Mould
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


Mesh Mould Metal, ETH Zurich, 2015-2018
The research project Mesh Mould investigates the unification of reinforcement and formwork into a single robotically fabricated material system. During the first research phase a spatial robotic extrusion process was developed, allowing to examine the interdependencies of mesh typology and rheological behavior of concrete (see Mesh Mould 2012 - 2014). The second research phase at the National Competence Centre in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication focuses on the translation of the structurally weak polymer-based extrusion process into a fully load-bearing construction system. The current research focuses on the development of a fully automated bending and welding process for meshes fabricated from 3 mm steel wire. The research involves the development of a fabrication-, and structurally-informed mesh typology as well as the subsequent collaborative development of a specialized robotic end-effector together with the Agile & Dexterous Robotics Lab of Professor Jonas Buchli.

Credits:
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Research programme: NCCR Digital Fabrication
Collaborators: Norman Hack (project lead), Dr. Nitish Kumar, Kathrin Drfler, Alexander Nikolas Walzer, Dr. Jaime Mata Falcon, Michael Lyrenmann, Lex Reiter, Dr. Tim Wangler, Philippe Fleischmann, Andreas Reusser
Selected experts: Agile & Dexterous Robotics Lab (Prof. Dr. Jonas Buchli), Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH Zurich
Physical Chemistry of Building Materials group (Prof. Dr. Robert J. Flatt),
Institute for Building Materials, ETH Zurich
Concrete Structures and Bridge Design (Prof. Dr. Walter Kaufmann)
Institute for Structural Engineering, ETH Zurich

Industry partner: Sika Technology AG, Switzerland

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