These videos demonstrate today’s possibilities of robotic timber fabrication.
A multi-functional portal robot for automated assembly and processing of timber constructions
The WoodFlex 56 is a portal robot equipped with a tool changing system. The robot can handle large timber boards, shoot nails, and cut and mill wood. It is used for making timber wall modules. It can also handle non-standard assembly processes. As an example, it has fabricated 168 individual 15-metre-long trusses for a double-curved wooden roof structure.
House module, robot production
APR Automation AB
Elastic bending for large scale folded plate structures
ICD, University of Stuttgart & Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, UBC Vancouver
The university workshop explored elastic bending of large scale timber sheets for double-layered timber structures.
Robot-assisted assembly in wood construction
The DADA Digital Factory workshop, ICD Institute for Computational Design
At the workshop, an industrial robot was used as an assembly assistant. It placed simple, regularly shaped objects at any desired location. This digital fabrication concept allows the construction of complex geometry by using standard building materials.
A robot-built pavilion featuring wooden shingles and latticed framework
ETH Zurich’s Digital Fabrication course
The masters students developed robotic fabrication techniques to minimise the waste involved in its construction.
London’s Architectural Association School launches a specialist robotics course
London’s Architectural Association School, Design & Make programme
This video shows the robotic production of Woodchip Barn, the school’s first foray into robotic fabrication.