Project

Architectural Machines

We are augmenting Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machines used in fabrication, prototyping, and construction. This project aims to develop processes that enable additive prototyping and construction at a large, architectural scale. One implementation combines robot arms with 3D weaving technology to create a new, high-accuracy prototyping machine for on-site fabrication in industries such as architecture, aerospace, and automotive. It would also be suitable for environments that are difficult for humans to inhabit�remote mountain or desert regions, deep sea or even outer space! Currently, industrial robot arms are not only used for repetitive assembly line tasks, but also for composite lay-up, bricklaying, milling and routing, welding, applying adhesives, but these automated CNC systems are mostly stationary and depend on molds to form the final shapes. We are investigating the potential for on-site construction machines that would cut down on overhead in management, coordination, fabrication, and transportation.

We are augmenting Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machines used in fabrication, prototyping, and construction. This project aims to develop processes that enable additive prototyping and construction at a large, architectural scale. One implementation combines robot arms with 3D weaving technology to create a new, high-accuracy prototyping machine for on-site fabrication in industries such as architecture, aerospace, and automotive. It would also be suitable for environments that are difficult for humans to inhabit�remote mountain or desert regions, deep sea or even outer space! Currently, industrial robot arms are not only used for repetitive assembly line tasks, but also for composite lay-up, bricklaying, milling and routing, welding, applying adhesives, but these automated CNC systems are mostly stationary and depend on molds to form the final shapes. We are investigating the potential for on-site construction machines that would cut down on overhead in management, coordination, fabrication, and transportation.