Robotic glass crafting by dip forming

Chi Li Cheng, June-Hao Hou

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Abstract

This research is to develop a robotic glass crafting dip-forming process by dip forming. Instead of employing molds, we utilize repetitive dip coating and gravity to shape the glass. In addition, its morphogenesis process is similar to the certain growth mechanisms in nature, such as geotropism and branching. During the forming process, melted glass is accumulated layer by layer gradually until the target geometry is completed. The process takes advantage of the precision of the industrial robotic arm and the viscosity property of the material. This process requires the custom-made tool to operate in high temperature and controlling the timing of heating and annealing to eliminate Z artifacts caused by layered deposition, achieving the crystal-clear effect of the glass craft without the post cure process after printing. In addition, the robotic arm provides a higher degree of freedom for forming. This research demonstrates glassworks in the organic form including variations in thickness and branching to test the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent and Informed - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2019
EditorsMarc Aurel Schnabel, Tomohiro Fukuda, Matthias Hank Haeusler
PublisherThe Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)
Pages193-202
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789887891710
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Intelligent and Informed, CAADRIA 2019 - Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 15 Apr 201918 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameIntelligent and Informed - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2019
Volume1

Conference

Conference24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia: Intelligent and Informed, CAADRIA 2019
CountryNew Zealand
CityWellington
Period15/04/1918/04/19

Keywords

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Dipping forming
  • Glass craft
  • Robotic arm

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    Cheng, C. L., & Hou, J-H. (2019). Robotic glass crafting by dip forming. In M. A. Schnabel, T. Fukuda, & M. H. Haeusler (Eds.), Intelligent and Informed - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2019 (pp. 193-202). (Intelligent and Informed - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2019; Vol. 1). The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA).