This course is a hands-on exploration of robotic fabrication techniques. The goal of the course is to understand the capabilities and constraints of building with industrial robots. This will be accomplished by researching previous work and fabricating our own projects.
The projects will start simple and build in complexity throughout the semester. They’ll include analyzing robot motion with long exposure photography, creating light paintings, stacking a parametrically generated scale brick wall, exploring the possibilities of robotic clay extrusion, and hot wire cutting foam blocks using a rotary axis setup. We’ll also investigate using secondary and tertiary processes on our robotically fabricated projects. For example, we’ll make plaster molds of the cut foam parts. The molds will be used for slip casting to create ceramic vessels.
We’ll learn to program the robots using Rhino, Grasshopper and Kuka|prc. No prior experience with Grasshopper or programming is necessary; however, you should be comfortable modeling in Rhino. By the end of the semester you’ll be able to use of robots for your own creative work.
|Prereq||none entered yet|
|Meets||Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm 2222 A&AB|