This course functions as an evolving research lab for robotic fabrication techniques. The robot is a multi-functional fabrication tool, capable of being reconfigured to perform a wide array of tasks, from subtractive machining to automated assembly. While many, if not all, of these processes have existed in industry for many years, the productive impact of their specific sets of possibilities and resistances on architecture remains an exciting and contested territory. By combining algorithmic design techniques with sensors and real-time feedback, the process of materialization can become intelligent. This course will challenge students to adapt and develop new or existing fabrication techniques to take advantage of the control and flexibility offered by robotic tools. In contrast with typical digital fabrication processes, robotic tools allow designers to develop processes of production which are specific to the performative requirements of the design, without being limited by standardized CNC tools. Students will work in teams to develop specific research trajectories resulting in highly refined full scale prototypes.
Tue 1:00-4:00pm 3154 A&AB