Digital Grotesque is the first fully immersive, solid, human-scale, enclosed structure that is entirely 3D printed out of sand. This structure, measuring 16 square meters, is materialized with details at the threshold of human perception. Every aspect of this architecture is composed by custom-designed algorithms.
Partners and Sponsors:
• Chair for CAAD, Prof. Hovestadt, ETH Zurich
• Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich
• voxeljet AG
• FRAC Centre
• Strobel Quarzsand GmbH
• Pro Helvetia
Research for the Digital Grotesque project was carried out at the Chair for CAAD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. All components were printed by voxeljet AG. The first part of Digital Grotesque is a commission by FRAC Centre for its permanent collection.
Maria Smigielska, Miro Eichelberger, Yuko Ishizu, Jeanne Wellinger, Tihomir Janjusevic, Nicolás Miranda Turu, Evi Xexaki, Akihiko Tanigaito
Robotic FOAMing is a series of design-research prototypes and installations, all fabricated in foam by CNC machines and robots. It is an arts-based design-research project that investigates the post-digital paradigm shift from novel formal digital aesthetics to Neo-Materialism – with its innovative fabrication and manufacturing techniques and technologies. It looks 1) at the potential of robotic fabrication in architecture, in the attempt to start bridging the gaps in scale, price and expertise between relatively simply achievable Rapid Prototyped (RP) models, by using foam with 2,5D computer-numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines and 4D multi-axial multi-move robotic arms systems. Besides its strong material-based and process-related innovative aesthetics, the research is 2) led by a sustainable agenda: how to externalize (from cavity walls) the insulation material foam, how to increase its structural performance and capitalize on its surface workability by digital and machinic processes.
The following video depicts the results of the workshop held at SmartGeometry 2013 by the REX|LAB, at The Bartlett at the UCL.
Special Thanks to:
Innsbruck Worshop - Ernest Hager andKevin Neurauter
REX|LAB Student Assistants - Pedja Gavrilivoc, Roger Loho and Anne Steinkogler
Tool development, IO – Stefan Hechenberger
HAL, support – Thibault Schwartz
And all the participants in past Robotic FOAMing Worshops:
SmartGeometry cluster participants: Andreas Akerblom, Andrei Ivanescu, Anna Kulik, Christopher Beorkrem, Deniz Tumerdem, Dirk Krolikowski, James Warton, Khaled ElAshry, Marilena Georgantzi, Matthew Gilbert, Ozgun Balaban, Vladimir Ondejcik
University of Innsbruck: Michela Bassot, Aurélie Bis, Selina Brandstätter, Stamatia Christodoulaki, Tobias Dorsch, Birgit Eberl, Hannes Fickenscher, Karl Christoph Handtmann, Maximilian Hartmann, Tobias Hauer, Lena Herrmann, Julia Huminski, Daniel Kapfinger, Thomas Kendlbacher, Bernardin König, Laurent Loullingen, Lisa-Marie Martach, Kübra Mercan, Verena Neureiter, Alexander Neuwirth, Eric Pöltner, Elena Prisse, Dennis Przybilka, Johanna Quast, Stefan Reynisson, Jakob Roßmann, Ufuk Sagir, Johannes Schewe, Laura Schmid, Daniel Schröckmair, Maximilian Seiferlein, Martin Sieberer, Selina Vix, Andreas Wagner, Kevin Weiß, Gabriel Weitenthaler