Distributed Robotic Assembly System for In-Situ Timber Construction
Samuel Leder, M.Sc.
Ramon Weber, M.Sc.
Thesis Advisers: D. Wood, O. Bucklin
Thesis Supervisor: Prof. Achim Menges
Second Supervisor: Prof. Jan Knippers
The project Distributed Robotic Assembly System for In Situ Timber Construction explores the potential impact of creating a new architecture-specific robotic system for the creation of complex timber assemblies. The system developed is composed of multiple, collaborative, single axis robots, designed to utilize standardized timber beams as a building material and for its locomotion system. The material is therefore not only used in the final built structure but forms an integral part of the robotic system, minimizing its complexity. The minimalism, low cost, lightness in weight and robustness of the entire system contrasts current standards of pre-fabricated and pre-planned for timber-based architecture. When the proposed system is deployed on-site, one can imagine multiple robotic teams working quickly and in parallel to create structures with longs spans or large heights that are reversible and through that are adaptive to change. As such, a construction future is conceptualized where distributed robotics can build around the clock, higher, faster, stronger and quieter.
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