Two robotic fabrication methods entwine to make Tongji University bridge

Thin carbon fibres wind over a 3D-printed metal frame to form this hybrid bridge, made by university students in Shanghai using two emerging robotic fabrication techniques. Students participating in the DigitalFUTURES International 2019 summer workshop at Tongji University worked with local research studio Fab-Union to design the bridge, which can hold more than 20 people. […]

SOM uses robots to construct concrete Stereoform Slab for 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Two concrete columns hold up a curving concrete roof of this pavilion that architecture firm SOM has built using a method it says could reduce the carbon footprint of high-rise concrete buildings. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has erected the Stereoform Slab for this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial in the city’s West Loop. The concrete […]

Danish designers propose using roaming 3D-printing robots to repair environments

Buildings and coastlines could be monitored by fleets of autonomous repair robots, according to a Danish initiative that advocates “freeing” 3D printers to fix global problems. Called Break the Grid, the initiative is a collaboration between three future-focused Danish companies — GXN Innovation, the research arm of architects 3XN; additive manufacturing platform The Danish AM Hub; […]

University of Stuttgart creates biomimetic pavilions based on sea urchins and beetle wings

The University of Stuttgart has continued its experiments into biomimicry and robotic construction with two pavilions at the Bundesgartenschau horticultural show in Germany. Both of the pavilions are built by robots and take the their forms from animals – a sweeping wooden pavilion has a shape based on sea urchins, while a fibre-composite pavilion takes its […]

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