Digital tools and methods dominate large parts of design, development, simulation and communication processes in architectural design. In advanced studios architectural projects are already developed predominately with 3D models.
The goal is to establish a smooth workflow between architects, project developers, engineers and clients through a real-time, simultaneous project development environment. In this context many sense-making processes can be shifted to an early stage of the project due to integrated and automated simulation techniques which, in best case, leads to a more transparent project development and design process.
The module DIGITAL FABRICATION provided the connection and potential of computer-controlled production processes in combination with rule-based design and construction methods. The focus is based on understanding and apply the possibilities of a CNC-assisted production.
Robotic fabrication Workshop at Bächer & Bergmann Digital.Productions GmbH, Cologne
Fundamental parts of the module were:
• Restrictions and possibilities of CNC machines
• Synthetic potentials in CNC-manufacturing and traditional craft manufacturing processes
• The anatomy of G-Code (from a CNC Cutter to KUKA)
• Recognition and use of performative material properties in the context of digital production GOAL.
The module was divided in two workshops. In the first workshop a model was developed and fabricated using folded Cardboard to fabricate a structure as a 1:1 installation on the Campus.
The second workshop in Cologne (excursion) addressed the basic understanding of
the control of a 7 axisKUKA industrial robot and its possible applications in architecture .
Benjamin Kemper M.A. (TU Delft), Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Hans Sachs