In the past months, Robots in Architecture was busy organizing the upcoming Rob|Arch 2012 conference, so news was a bit slow. Here’s what happened recently:
Red Bull Arch
On June 1st, artists C. Neugebauer and M. Köhldorfer unveiled their huge 17x23m aluminium arch scuplture for the Red Bull Circuit in Spielberg/Austria. The robotic fabrication of the 83 positive foam molds was all done using a customized version of KUKA|prc on a KUKA KR150-2 robot, which the artists purchased from the automotive industry for this particular project. The Association helped them set up the robot, customized KUKA|prc for their particular needs and developed a workflow for efficiently producing all parts of the arch. Neugebauer and Köhldorfer will provide an in-depth look into that project at our Rob|Arch conference in December.
GENIBOTICS and ECER
We are also proud to announce that the FFG-funded project GENIBOTICS (project lead: G. Koppensteiner, ACIN, TU Vienna) was recently approved. This project explores the use of robots as a gender-equal tool for getting children interested in technology and therefore aligns perfectly with the Association’s goal of making industrial robots available to a wider range of users. As a project partner, we will focus on industrial robots, while other robotic aspects are covered by institutes such as TU Vienna’s ACIN. As part of the project, Eric Dokulil – KUKA expert and member of the Association’s board – attended the IEEE European Conference on Educational Robotics (ECER12) conference in Vienna, during which the European Botball Tournament took place. Eric Dokulil presented his KUKA KR16-2 robot and KUKA|prc to the middle and high-school aged tournament participants and provided an introduction to industrial robots.
Every year in the summer, Vienna’s universities organize the KinderUni (children’s university). As part of this year’s KinderUni, Robots in Architecture is hosting a half-day robot workshop targeted at children between 7 and 12. We’re looking forward to it!
VDI: Industrial Robotics 2012
In Mid-June, the Association for Robots in Architecture was invited to present their research at the VDI’s (Association for German Engineers) conference on industrial robots in Baden-Baden/Germany. We had a very interesting time and impressed quite a few people with how easily complex, robotic tasks can be programmed and automated using KUKA|prc.
For our robot-courses at TU Vienna we have now moved all our industrial robots to the Arsenal, an industrial area currently rented by the university and also the location of many of the Rob|Arch 2012 workshops. We are now housing one KUKA KR16-2 with KRC2, one KUKA KR16-2 with the new KRC4 control unit and Smartpad, as well as an ABB IRB120, which will be used for Thibault Schwartz‘s workshop. Coming soon are three more Staeubli robots for the Sci-Arc workshop. Our students have much fun exploring the capabilities of these very different robots. See below photos of a recent workshop that sees KUKA and ABB robots harmoniously cooperating on one of our student’s project. We want to thank the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Klaus Semsroth, and GUT-director Gerald Hodecek, for making this happen, as well as KUKA, ABB, and Staeubli for their support.
17.7. KinderUni half-day robot workshop for children aged 7-12
10. – 11.9. Robot workshop at eCAADe 2012 in Prague/Czech Republic
14.-18.12. Rob|Arch 2012 conference & workshops