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id ecaade2020_297
authors Schwarzmann, Wolfgang
year 2020
title Traditional Knowledge on Modern Milling Robots - How CNC-joinery machines promote a renaissance to lost techniques in the profession of a carpenter.
source Werner, L and Koering, D (eds.), Anthropologic: Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age - Proceedings of the 38th eCAADe Conference - Volume 2, TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 16-18 September 2020, pp. 597-604
summary The profession of a carpenter is changing significantly. Over the last 20-30 years, CNC-joinery machines became ready to penetrate the market and lead to a significant optimization of daily processes in these firms. In this case study, we take a closer look at the working techniques of a carpenter in the Bregenzerwald. This skilled craftsman found a way, of how to translate his expert knowledge on to a CNC-joinery machine. Instead of only following modern, simplified construction methods, he tried to revive historic methods and developed a way to translate his expertise. By scaling up on a technological basis, he was able to reintroduce the so-called 'Dovetail joint' and by that managed to erect the first proof of concept, a single-family house. This research shows, how a new integrated robot enables a way of manufacturing, that otherwise might not be affordable anymore. Benefits of this approach can be seen on a variety of economic and ecologic aspects. As mentioned by the carpenter, these results are encouraging, but for him, the real advantage is the increased empowerment to skill, craft and knowledge typical for his profession.
keywords robotic fabrication; carpenter; renaissance; knowledge; tradition; wood construction
series eCAADe
email wolfgang.schwarzmann@uni.li
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