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Aerial Construction, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich
Aerial Construction, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich
Aerial Construction, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Aerial Construction, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich
Aerial Construction, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Aerial Construction, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich
Aerial Construction, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Aerial Construction, ETH Zurich, 2013-2015
ETH Research Grant Project
A new field in digital fabrication is emerging. Recent developments in sensing, computation and control allow to create autonomous flying machines that are able to perform complicated construction tasks in unstructured environments. With an interdisciplinary approach, this research investigates the design and the material relationship of architecture and aerial robotic construction.
Traditionally, machines assisting in the construction of architecture or the fabrication of building components stand on the ground. The flying machine in contrast, is physically decoupled from its working space. The machines can move in and around existing objects and perform construction tasks that are not limited by the same constraints as ground-based machines. As a result, their use opens up new questions in materialising architecture. As such, the research requires the development of non-standard, lightweight material systems, digital design and construction processes, and adaptive strategies for controlling the aerial robots as they interact with material and cooperate in assembly tasks. The project explicitly addresses the possibility of building spatial load-bearing structures that are not possible with standard robotic systems.

The experiments shown here are performed in the Flying Machine Arena (www.flyingmachinearena.com), an indoor space for aerial robotic research at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich.

Video demonstration the construction process: Aerial Construction on Youtube
Credits:
A collaboration between the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

In cooperation with: Prof. Dr. Raffaello D'Andrea, IDSC, ETH Zurich
Research programme: ETH Research Grant ETH-30 12-1
Collaborators Gramazio Kohler Research: Ammar Mirjan (project lead), Augusto Gandia


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