I worked with a small team - Dyani Robarge, Rachel Sung, and Marnfah Kanjanavanit, Anthony Nitche. Supervised by Professor Jeremy Ficca - to expand understanding of the unique affordances of robots as partners (and tools) in manufacturing. Our team conducted hundreds of experiments with programmable robot arms and metal sheeting to develop strategies for facade design. The work was supported by CENTRIA, who supported used the findings and insights to inform architectural cladding system strategies.
Ultimately, theory met practice during the design, robot-aided construction, and installation of TactAl in the main foyer of CMU’s Fine Arts building during April of 2017.
Fabrication + Robotic Research
As an emerging discipline, we had to dedicate months of work to better understand the relationship between the affordances of the metal and the software used to control the robot’s movements in applying pressure with tools we designed for the specific task of shaping aluminum cladding into organic structures.