"Collaborative Constructs" has been accepted to be presented at Rob|Arch 2018 (robarch2018.org) through the Rob|Arch 2018 Call for Videos.
This video depicts the collaborative research projects currently ongoing at the Architectural Association's Hooke Park Campus. Each stream of research utilises robotics alongside traditional crafts in order to develop new working methodologies, the project output ultimately seeks to explore possibilities uniquely possible in this environment.
The first project offers a contemporary perspective on the French Guitarde/Capucine through using robotics to produce compound curvatures in timber joinery. It goes on to exp lo re the further op po rtu n ities available by working with new digital methods of datum creation and calibration alongside traditional principles. The Band-saw is used to machine the compound curves, when it is not possible to achieve a twisted surface the router is used. A process of photogrammetry allows for the recognition of knots and defects and allows later for the exploration of pattern work and embellishments.
In the second project the focus is on a project in collaboration with the Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy. Bifurcations felled locally are milled using the Band-saw, tracking the form of the fork in order to optimise the lamination of the fork to be steam bent into the desired form. This process used photogrammetry to allow for the tool paths to track the curvature of the bifurcation and align these multiple intersecting laminations.
This research aims to explore more fully the methodologies, techniques and tooling which can create a more intimate relationship between robotics and craft, one where the digital and physical can complement each other to result in beautiful constructs.
Hooke Park Robotics