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id ecaade2018_314
authors Gheorghe, Andrei, Hornung, Philipp, Reiss, Sigurd and Vierlinger, Robert
year 2018
title Architecture Challenge 16 - Robotic Contouring - Researching Robotic Bending of Straight Profile Plastic Beams for Full Scale Production
source Kepczynska-Walczak, A, Bialkowski, S (eds.), Computing for a better tomorrow - Proceedings of the 36th eCAADe Conference - Volume 1, Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland, 19-21 September 2018, pp. 165-172
summary This paper provides insight into a new robotic plastic forming process through the prototypical construction of a full scale structure. The process explored the potential development of an automated setup, which utilizes robotic movement to create three-dimensional components from straight profile plastic beams. Polyethylene beams with a rectangular profile were bent with the help of an infrared heating ring and a 6 axis robotic arm. The digital process with custom-created Rhino/Grasshopper components allows the creation of forms with a high degree of customization in relation to the needed construction time, therefore providing for a highly flexible and quickly developable structural formwork without the need of a mold.
keywords plastic beams forming; 6 axis robotic fabrication; profile contouring; computational optimization; structural formwork; light weight structures
series eCAADe
email a.gheorghe@uni-ak.ac.at
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