by M. Mansoori, J. Perez Castro, and H. Li (UCLA)
Aiming design a dynamic sculpture by robot, first we tried to use robotic technologies as a 3d sketching device. Our design developed from a series of light painting by robot. In our tests, the curves generated by blinking light were more successful in addressing our main concept, i.e. fabric motioning. They were also more adaptable with the capabilities of the robots. In our final project, the garment study, we kept the motion of the fabric as our motion concept, while using a new material, and consequently and new construction technique. The application of a rigid material to create smooth motions was problematic. Our solution was to design the joints in a way that they could move flexibly, while the contour planes would support the blinking light concept.
This clip was accepted as a video submission to Rob|Arch 2014 - the international conference on robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design.