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id acadia17_456
authors Page, Mitchell
year 2017
title A Robotic Fabrication Methodology for Dovetail and Finger Jointing: An Accessible & Bespoke Digital Fabrication Process for Robotically-Milled Dovetail & Finger Joints
source ACADIA 2017: DISCIPLINES & DISRUPTION [Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-692-96506-1] Cambridge, MA 2-4 November, 2017), pp. 456- 463
summary Since the advent of industrialized processes in modern construction industries, the development of and relationship between computer-aided tools of design and computer-controlled tools of fabrication has steadily yielded new and innovative construction methodologies. Whilst industry has adopted many of these innovations for use by highly efficient machines and flexible processes, their operation is often highly dependent on industrial scales of production, and thus often inaccessible for small-scale, bespoke and affordable application. The prototype integrated joint milling methodology, case study and open-source software plugin ‘Dove’ presented in this paper, explores the efficacy of algorithmic processes in dynamically generating complex tooling paths and machine code for fabrication of bespoke dovetail and finger joints on a 6-axis industrial robot. The versatility, speed and precision of 6-axis robotic milling, allows us to liberate the efficiency, integrity and aesthetic of the dovetail and finger joint types from traditional application, and apply them to new architectures involving mass-customisation, complex form, and diverse materialities. In the development of full-immersion milling toolpaths and back-face filleting techniques that drastically reduce cutting times, tool path complexity and material waste, this study seeks to build upon past and current research by proposing a comparatively simple, efficient and more intuitive approach to robotically-fabricated integrated jointing for application at a variety of scales.
keywords material and construction; fabrication; construction/robotics; digital craft; manual craft
series ACADIA
email mitchell.r.page@gmail.com
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