Monday, April 21, 2014

Team UO: Final Project

Team UO: Final Project

String Wrapping

With acrylic laser-cut tools that attach to the gripper on Mitey, we were able to wrap two colours of string simultaneously.

We began by wrapping and tying the string to the bolts of the wood base, the secure them before the robots began wrapping.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Final Project Tools 1.0

Base-plate connection for Titey

Fabrication plate for Titey 

Bobbin tool for Mitey

 Bobbin tool for Mitey
Mounted spool for Mitey on A4

Bare threads of lag bolt resulted in to much play on spool

Foam tape plus electrical tape was added to reduce play in spool holder

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Robotic String Modeling

Robotic String Modeling_test01
Tyler, Robyn, Ric, Chris

Initial toolpath study
tighty holds MDF base with screws threaded in at two heights. Mighty fitted with 3d printed spool to hold fishing line and string around screws at varying densities         

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Team UO


                                                    stack and destroy animation

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Encoding Material- Chris Makowiecki

Digital fabrication is increasingly becoming an important architectural tool as designers continue to seek new opportunities for the production of their ideas.  As the tools become more available to architects, the potential for them to be used as generative tools in the construction process continues to increase.   However, before these tools can be used effectively, the architect must realize how the material and fabrication machine can create certain parameters and constraints along the way.  With some sort of logic for the how the machine can begin to maneuver within the physical realm, questions of physical requirements can begin to ground the aspirations one may have visualized in the virtual realm but have not tested in relation to things like gravity and overall structural performance.  It is important for the architect to understand these complex interactions if this type of machining data is to lend itself to actual construction processes.  With an understanding of these parameters, the control the fabrication tools give the architect over the construction process, allows the architect control over the smallest of details.  Such control is powerful and can be a source for innovative design. 

Encoding Material - Tyler Smith

An understanding of material conditions as well as assembly logic is necessary for the coding in fabrication.  I believe finding a happy medium between the physically constructible object, and the well conceived design concept, is at once the most crucial and the most interesting aspect of architecture.  While often architects and designers feel they must sacrifice elements of their design to meet the needs of the fabricator or engineer, Gramazio and Kohler would argue that a coherent synthesis of material and design, through computational coding and intelligent fabrication can in fact offer new possibilities and capabilities for a design.  In this way, the fabrication becomes, not a preventative factor, but an instigating factor for new discoveries.

Robyn Wolochow - Encoding Material

Similarly to previous readings we've done this semester, the authors are discussing the possibility of industrially manufacturing unique elements through the use of robotic and computer-controlled production tools. Once again, the authors are staking the claim that as of yet, these technologies have not been adequately applied to construction trades. What's interesting about their argument is the focus on a design-focused relationship between the digital and the materials with which the digital tools are working. The idea of using computer-controlled tools in building-scale fabrication which is flexible enough to adapt to different materials and assembly logics is an interesting question. Is it possible to develop digital fabrication techniques that allow unique customization for individual construction elements, but are simultaneously flexible enough to adapt to the many material assemblies within a building?

Team UO - Gripper Tool Design

Rhino model of the gripper tool, with modeled Solo Cup.

3D Print of the Gripper Tool

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

FlowLines - Another Failed Attempt

We tried again...

And again...

and again...

and one last time, before we gave up.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Project 02_Flow Lines

Tyler Smith, Chris Makoweicki, Robyn Wolochow, Ric Fuley
Project 02_Flow Lines
base surface

the all important supermatter tools toolpath selection diagram...

the pen fitted to Mighty

teaching the tool

locating the surface corner points



Monday, February 3, 2014

Tyler Smith - Towards a Bespoke Building Process

Reading Response 02 _towards a bespoke building process
Tyler Smith

     The mobile robotic fabrication unit, R-O-B, argues for a new process of construction. One which forgoes traditional, simple task and standardization driven means of robotic integration in construction, and instead embraces the inherent flexibility of industrial robots. By utilizing the potential for flexible, adaptive techniques with robots, designers can create a resource which can be deployed onsite for a variety of design solutions. Rather than deploy robots to complete on task, designers and architects are beginning to utilize the technology as a way to solve problems unique to individual projects and create designs which would not be possible without the robotic equipment.
      By embracing the flexibility of robots, designers can take control of the material, assembly, and process of fabrication. Rather than relying on traditional fabrication techniques with one end goal, like laser cutters or CNC milling machines, which have a distinct material and sought outcome, designers can use robots to customize a unique and specialized fabrication process that fits a unique design.

Chris Makowiecki- Towards a Bespoke Building Process

        In recent years, the power of robotic fabrication in the architectural field has become increasingly tangible.  In an age when the architect is seeking more control of the design process, robotic fabrication is providing a prefabrication quality controlled environment merged with on-site production.  Initially, robots were imagined as means of replacing physical labor in the manufacturing field.  Providing a more cost effective manufacturing process and letting the machines do the more trying work.  Robots were later conceived to perform more specialized tasks that began to reveal the potential they possessed and the opportunities the robot provided the designer.  The recent increase in applying robotic fabrication to the design field can be relayed to the increasing availability of the technology.  Cost has decreased and the technology has become more user-friendly.  As a result, more designers have been applying the technology to their work.  Robotic fabrication not only provides the designer digital control over their work but also an expanded option for physical intervention.  The architect is allowed to take his conceptual intentions and engineer a fabricated product.  With R-O-B, this potential for designers is being packaged up into a transportable container allowing the designer a tool to work raw materials on site.  As robotic fabrication continues to become an integrated part of the design field, it will be on the designer to gain an understanding of the technology to best use it in their work.  As that understanding grows, so will the possibilities of robotic fabrication in design.  

Project 02_Flow Lines Surface

RoboFab Project 02_Flow Lines Surfaces

Ric Foley, Chris Makowiecki, Tyler Smith, Robyn Wolochow

                                            Super Matter Tools animation_iteration 01

                                    surface pre-wax

                                     Walter Whiting

                                             wax snot