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Lost in Translation:
Can anybody out there tell us WHY Norwegians start laughing when we pronounce "KUKA" and "SPRUT CUM" ..they even turn red ;)
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3 days ago

We had a great first day at our first robot workshop day at Snøhetta! Cheers to Joakim from AHO who set it all up! ... See MoreSee Less

We had a great first day at our first robot workshop day at Snøhetta! Cheers to Joakim from AHO who set it all up!

4 days ago

We would like to invite you to join us at the opening of our new experimental robot lab at scionic- Industrial Design Education Austria Linz on March 3. ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

The ICD Stuttgart is organizing a conference on "Advancing Wood Architecture" in Frankfurt on the 27th of March with speakers such as Achim Menges and Matthias Kohler. The ICD is known for their great robotic research pavilions and the LaGa hall - go to icd.uni-stuttgart.de/awa/ to register! ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Josh – Already There Remix

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KUKA|prc: Major Release and Support Forum

We are proud to announce a new release of KUKA|prc that includes a large list of new features and improvements, including…

  • Experimental support for external, linear axis (members only)
  • Improved NC-file support via SprutCAM (members only)
  • Added KUKA KR180 R2500 Quantec robot
  • New KUKA KR150-2 variant (access via right-click, variants)
  • Added new spindle as used at University of Sydney
  • Improved Command Weaver to work optionally with tree branches instead of items (use it e.g. to create more complex fabrication strategies)
  • Experimental new output in the Virtual Robot component sums up the difference of axis positions, can be used to spot singularities
  • New option for tool change command to just change geometry (e.g. gripper open to gripper closed)
  • Option to set the project’s initial LIN and PTP speed in “Advanced Settings”
  • Option for improved compatibility with older KRC2 (and KRC1) controllers (BAS PTP_PARAMS, etc.)

Alongside KUKA|prc we are also officially launching the Robots in Architecture forum at forum.robotsinarchitecture.org. With the continuous growth of KUKA|prc, we want to provide a knowledge base for all users of KUKA|prc. We have already started adding content to the forum, such as several KUKA|prc tutorials and examples. Members of the Association for Robots in Architecture have access to a locked members download area with intermediate releases and special features. If you or your institution are a member of the Association, please register at the forum and send your username to robots@robotsinarchitecture.org

You can download KUKA|prc from our homepage and Food4Rhino.

The video above showcases work done by Andreas Ettmayer, Alexandra Heiderer, Bernd Seidl, and Regina Blauensteiner during our Digital Design to Digital Production course at TU Vienna. Of course, the programming of these custom robotic fabrication strategies using non-standard tools was done parametrically via KUKA|prc.

 

Robots in Architecture down under

In the past weeks, Robots in Architecture led 4 robot workshops in Australia and Asia. As part of the CAAD Futures conference, a two-day robot workshop took place at Tongji University, which will soon be getting two brand-new KUKA Quantec robots. Shortly thereafter – but 7000km away – another two day workshop took place at Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia with a KUKA Agilus robot provided by Headland. The next week was spent at RMIT in Melbourne, where we – together with 10 students – developed a new fabrication process combining robotic hotwirecutting and assembly on a really impressive robot setup, consisting of a KUKA KR150 arm on a 4m long linear rail and vacuum gripper (see video above). Tomorrow, Friday 26th, marks the last day of a one-week robot workshop at the University of Sydney – more photos/videos to follow soon!

We want to thank our hosts, especially Chengyu Sun in Shanghai, Chris and Jonathan at Bond, Jane, Andrew, Roland, and Rafael at RMIT, and Dagmar, Marjo, and Gabe at USydney for inviting us – we had a great time!

Tongji University @ CAAD Futures

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More photos are available on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/robotsinarchitecture

Last-minute reminder: Tomorrow, Friday 26th, Robots in Architecture Keynote at University of Sydney, 10am

Robotic Forming

A few weeks ago the Association for Robots in Architecture hosted a robot workshop at the IUAV’s Master Digital Architecture in Venice. We introduced about 20 students to digital, robotic fabrication – from parametric toolpath design to coupling material simulation with complex robotic processes. In the video, we used a KUKA Agilus robotic arm to locally heat up plastic sheets and then to form them over a modular tool. The robot programming was done in KUKA|prc, while the physics simulation coupled KUKA|prc with Kangaroo. Special thanks to the IUAV for the invitation, in particular Fabio, Alessandro, Leonidas, and their students!

The topic of robotic forming will be explored at our “Virtual Prototyping” robot workshop at the upcoming CAAD Futures 2013 conference in Shanghai.

Final Call for Rob|Arch 2014 Workshop Proposals

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The organizing committee of the Rob|Arch 2014 conference and the Association for Robots in Architecture are inviting the community to submit workshop proposals for the upcoming Rob|Arch 2014 conference (May 14th to 18th, 2014). A total budget of 15.000USD is available to financially support the workshops.
One of the defining elements of Rob|Arch 2012 were the eight robot workshops that were offered all over Europe. European universities not only organized their own workshops, but also hosted teams from the American universities Harvard and SciArc.
For Rob|Arch 2014, the host universities of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon have additional robot capacities for external workshops. We are encouraging workshop proposals until 15.6.2013. See call.robarch2014.org for more details.
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In other news, there are several robot workshops and lectures upcoming: Robots in Architecture will hold a lecture at the “BIM for Life Cycle Structures” symposium in Vienna (June 13th to 14th), alongside other presenters such as Tobias Schwinn (from ICD Uni Stuttgart – refer to their great robotic research pavilions), Christian Derix from AEDAS, Baris Cokcan of 2Architects-Int, Martin Tamke of CITA, and Stephan Laub of LaubLab/VrayforC4D. Registration is free for students.
Later in June (27th to 28th) the 7th National Symposium on Digital Design takes place in Istanbul/Turkey, with a robot workshop that is offered in cooperation with KUKA Turkey and ITU. Soon thereafter, from July 3rd to 5th, we are doing a two-day robot workshop in Shanghai as part of the upcoming CAAD Futures 2013 conference.

SciArc is looking for a Robotics Lab Coordinator

SciArc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, is looking for a Robotics Lab Coordinator for their 1000sqft Robot House containing no less than six Staeubli robots. They are one of the leading institutions in the area of robots in architecture and are involved in several really exciting projects:

At the last Rob|Arch in Vienna, SciArc’s Jonathan Proto and Brandon Kruysman hosted a robot workshop with three cooperating Staeubli arms. The Phantom Geometry project developed within the Robot House gained wide media coverage and won the Gehry prize. See the SciArc’s Vimeo channel for more projects and videos.

For more details and a detailed job description, download the attached Word file and contact robotics_lab@sciarc.edu

New KUKA|prc Release

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We have updated KUKA|prc with a range of new features!

  • KUKA KR125/2 robot has been added to the range of available robots
  • LIN and PTP movements now accept also planes as input (right-click/Input Type)
  • After the initial calculation, speed is much improved (up to 400%)
  • Kinematic solver has been improved to more accurately reflect the robot’s internal solver

This version has been tested by members of the Association for Robots in Architecture for several weeks and should be stable for both Rhinoceros 4 and Rhinoceros 5 users. If you run into any problems, please do not hesitate to contact us!

The download also contains a brief tutorial to get you started with KUKA|prc. Download it from the KUKA|prc page.