Transient Materialization-Robotic Metal Curving

Yi Heng Lu, Shih Yuan Wang, Yu Ting Sheng, Che Wei Lin, Yu Hsuan Pang, Wei Tse Hung

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Abstract

This paper introduces the notion of transient materialization to investigate a novel approach of robotic fabrication. Transient materialization explores a new logic of materialization that takes the advantage of differentiated material states to generate form at a particular moment through computation and fabrication technologies. Specifically, this design research explains a unique design and fabrication process, opening up a new method of materializing architectural form that emerges from the interweaving of data, the material capacity (plastic deformation), timing, and machine capacity. Hence, to examine this research direction, this paper conducts an experimental project, Robotic Metal Curving, through hands-on material experiments, as well as the development of algorithms, robot motion, and prototyping machines. This experiment utilizes an induction heating technique in cooperation with a six-axis industrial robotic arm and fabrication equipment used to shape each metal rod into a three-dimensional curve at a transient moment. In addition, the project focuses not only on developing a robotic metal curving system but also apply this technique in large scale by fabricating a wire-frame structure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRE
Subtitle of host publicationAnthropocene, Design in the Age of Humans - Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2020
EditorsDominik Holzer, Walaiporn Nakapan, Anastasia Globa, Immanuel Koh
PublisherThe Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)
Pages425-434
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789887891741
StatePublished - 2020
Event25th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2020 - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 5 Aug 20206 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameRE: Anthropocene, Design in the Age of Humans - Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2020
Volume2

Conference

Conference25th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2020
CountryThailand
CityBangkok
Period5/08/206/08/20

Keywords

  • Digital fabrication
  • Metal bending
  • Robotic fabrication

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