Inflatable Architecture Production with Cable-Driven Robots
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AbstractThis paper argues for alternative methods for the in-situ integration of robotics in architectural construction. Rather than promoting off-site pre-fabrication through industrial robot applications, it advocates for suspended, light-weight, cable-driven robots that allow flexible and safe onsite implementation. This paper uses the topic of large-scale inflatable architectural realisation as a study case to test the application of such a robot, here with a laser-cutter as end-effecter. This preliminary study covers the design, development, prototyping, and practical testing of an inherently scale-less cable-driven laser-cutter setup. This setup allows for the non-size specific cutting of inflatable structures’ components which can be designed with common physics simulation engines. The developed robotic proof of concept forms the basis for several further and future study possibilities that merge the field of architectural design and implementation with mechanical and automation engineering.
All Author(s) ListKristof Crolla, Paul Hung Hon Cheng, Ding Yuen Shan Chan, Arthur Ngo Foon Chan, Darwin Lau
Name of ConferenceThe 23rd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia
Start Date of Conference17/05/2018
End Date of Conference19/05/2018
Place of ConferenceBeijing
Country/Region of ConferenceChina
Proceedings TitleCAADRIA 2018 - 23rd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Learning, Prototyping and Adapting
Year2018
Pages9 - 18
ISBN978-988190260-3
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsCable-driven robots, In-situ robotic fabrication, Large-scale fabrication, Inflatable architecture, Cross-disciplinarily

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