Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures
Inst. for Computational Design (Prof. Menges)
Inst. of Building Structures & Structural Design (Prof. Knippers)
Thesis Advisors: Ehsan Baharlou, Marshall Prado, Tobias Schwinn,
Thesis Supervisor: Prof. Achim Menges
Second Supervisor: Prof. Jan Knippers
The project Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures, developed by ITECH graduate Maria Yablonina, demonstrates a new production process for filament structures. It proposes multiple semi-autonomous wall climbing robots to distribute fiber filament, using any horizontal or vertical surface, or even existing architecture, to support the new structures. Compared to larger scale industrial robots that are limited by position and reach, these robots are enabled with movement systems and a collection of sensors that allow them to travel and interact accurately along typical ground, walls, roofs, and ceilings. One can imagine a fabrication process where an operator arrives to the scene with a suitcase housing all the necessary robots and materials to create a large structure. These agile mobile robotic systems move robotic fabrication processes beyond the constraints of the production hall, exposing vast urban and interior environments as potential fabrication sites.