Inés Ariza

High-low tech assembly

Oct 2015 – Dec 2015
Final project for (Re)fabricating Tectonic Prototypes, Prof. Leire Asensio Villoria, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
3-axis flip milled foam board assembled with a KUKA KR10
Inés Ariza, Merav Gazit
Fabrication support by Justin Lavallee and Christopher B. Dewart

Robotic assembly of diagrid mushroom.

This project introduces a method for robotic assembly that enables the construction of double-curved self-supporting structures using a high-low tech approach.

The intelligence of the system lies in two main aspects: a subdivision technique that incorporates the robot’s constraints as well as the structural equilibrium of the structure during each step of assembly, in order to omit the use of scaffolding; and a match between geometric information and the robot’s movements in a robot programming environment.

As a proof of concept, we fabricated a portion of a full-scale double-curved structure. The structure was assembled without scaffolding by a portable KUKA KR10 on a randomly picked site.


On-site Robotic Assembly of Double-curved Self-supporting Structures
Ariza, I., Gazit, M., 2015. On-site Robotic Assembly of Double-curved Self-supporting Structures, In: SIGraDi 2015 Proceedings. São Paulo: Blucher, 2015. ISSN 2318-6968, ISBN: 978-85-8039-136-7.

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