Robotic Bead Rolling
by J. Friedman, A. Hosny, and A. Lee (Harvard GSD)
The robotic workflow proposed analyzes the bead rolling process, its potential digital interpretation, and improved fabrication aspects that accompany such a translation. For this process, a robotic tool has been developed that integrates multiple variables ob-served from existing bead rolling machines, while simultaneously allowing further control. Material-informed decisions required a series of tests evaluating optimum tool and workflow design. While the process provokes a multitude of potentialities, it has been put towards a structural behavior testing scenario to demonstrate its validity. It attempts to bridge analysis methods with prototyping as means of direct performance testing and evaluation. Deeply rooted within a parametric modeling environment, the workflow creates a single digital interface that links several platforms that otherwise are not in direct communication.
This clip was accepted as a video submission to Rob|Arch 2014 - the international conference on robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design.