Robotic Mass Customization
J. Braumann, P. Hornung, R. Krobath, S. Brell-Cokcan, G. Glaeser
Robots in Architecture and University for Applied Arts Vienna with Becker LG
"Robotic Woodcraft" is a transdisciplinary research project that brings together roboticists, architects, master carpenters with decades of experience with wood, mathematicians with elaborate knowledge of geometry, and practicing designers, with the goal of investigating interfaces and robots as instruments for artists, designers and architects to play with the geometry of motion and to couple multifunctional robots with the similarly diverse material wood.
In this 2-day workshop, Robotic Woodcraft collaborated with the high-end manufacturer of moulded plywood, Becker KG. Using parametric definitions, we transformed standardized, "raw" wooden shells into highly customized products, using a heavy-payload KUKA Quantec robot and the robot-programming/simulation environment KUKA|prc.