force form

Category: robotic
Location: barcelona, spain
year: 2019
status: Finished

Force-Form workshop as a part of MRAC (Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction), focusing on incremental sheet forming, in collaboration with Eurocat.

With increasing the demand for mass production for the construction sector, the workshop focuses on the question of 'Can material limitations be overcome by geometric interventions?'

Therefore the manufacturing workflow is an imperative part of the design process. The Single Point Incremental Forming (SPIF) is a process that imparts 3D forms onto 2D sheets that are directly formed by accumulative plastic deformations. Here, the structural capability of the sheet of material is augmented by local surface structuring which opens up new potentials to structural forms that could be manufactured out of the thin sheet of material.

geometrical exploration

Starting from testing the innate behavior of sheet aluminum and understanding the general parameters of robotizing the incremental sheet process, the project developed through empirical experiments flowing between the physical and the digital space.

robotic fabrication

The workshop concluded with a 1:1 scale prototype of a facade system done with this Robotic 'fabrication' where students designed, developed, and prototyped different strategies to compose a modular facade system. Technology; Kuka KR150 L110-2 6 Axis Robotic Arm