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Flexible and transportable robotic timber construction platform – TIM

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2889
Year of Publication
2020
Topic
Market and Adoption
Application
Wood Building Systems
Author
Wagner, Hans
Alvarez, Martin
Kyjanek, Ondrej
Bhiri, Zied
Buck, Matthias
Menges, Achim
Organization
University of Stuttgart
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2020
Format
Journal Article
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Market and Adoption
Keywords
Robotic Fabrication
Robotic Timber Construction
Local Manufacturing
Reconfigurable Automation
Sustainable Production
Wood Architecture
Research Status
Complete
Series
Automation in Construction
Summary
This paper presents a new approach to robotic fabrication in the building industry through the conceptualization, development and evaluation of a largescale, transportable and flexible robotic timber construction platform – named TIM. Novel solutions are necessary to make robotic fabrication technologies more accessible for timber construction companies. The developed robotic system is location independent and reconfigurable. It can be rapidly integrated into existing fabrication environments of typical carpentries on a per-project basis. This allows the exploitation of emerging synergies between conventional craft and specialized automation technologies and benefits both quality and productivity of the trade. We portrait how the platform enabled the effective robotic prefabrication of a complex segmented wood shell structure and discuss the fabrication system based on critical performance parameters. Further research is needed to disentangle the mutual dependencies of building-systems and respective automation technologies.
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Towards digital automation flexibility in large-scale timber construction: integrative robotic prefabrication and co-design of the BUGA Wood Pavilion

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2862
Year of Publication
2020
Topic
Design and Systems
Site Construction Management
Material
LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
Application
Shell Structures
Author
Wagner, Hans Jakob
Alvarez, Martin
Groenewolt, Abel
Menges, Achim
Organization
University of Stuttgart
Publisher
Springer
Year of Publication
2020
Format
Journal Article
Material
LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
Application
Shell Structures
Topic
Design and Systems
Site Construction Management
Keywords
Robotic Timber Construction
Computational Design
Construction Automation
Robotic Construction Management
Research Status
Complete
Series
Construction Robotics
Summary
This paper discusses the digital automation workflows and co-design methods that made possible the comprehensive robotic prefabrication of the BUGA Wood Pavilion—a large-scale production case study of robotic timber construction. Latest research in architectural robotics often focuses on the advancement of singular aspects of integrated digital fabrication and computational design techniques. Few researchers discuss how a multitude of different robotic processes can come together into seamless, collaborative robotic fabrication workflows and how a high level of interaction within larger teams of computational design and robotic fabrication experts can be achieved. It will be increasingly important to discuss suitable methods for the management of robotics and computational design in construction for the successful implementation of robotic fabrication systems in the context of the industry. We present here how a co-design approach enabled the organization of computational design decisions in reciprocal feedback with the fabrication planning, simulation and robotic code generation. We demonstrate how this approach can implement direct and curated reciprocal feedback between all planning domains—paving the way for fast-paced integrative project development. Furthermore, we discuss how the modularization of computational routines simplify the management and computational control of complex robotic construction efforts on a per-project basis and open the door for the flexible reutilization of developed digital technologies across projects and building systems.
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