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KUKA|prc for Dynamo @AU 2017
#AU2017 is wrapping up today, it was great to meet many fascinating people, and present our newest release of KUKA|prc for Autodesk Dynamo (both Studio and Revit)! Many of our partners were asking for ways to more closely link BIM with fabrication, so we're looking forward to seeing new and exciting robot applications in that field! You can actually download KUKA|prc for Dynamo right now by getting the class material from autodeskuniversity.smarteventscloud.com/connect/sessionDetail.ww?SESSION_ID=124945
It's an early release, please do provide feedback on what is working for you and what isn't - ideally through our forum!
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2 months ago

Robots at ACADIA

This year’s annual conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) took place up north in Banff/Canada. We had to leave Berlin early morning after the Design Modelling Symposium‘s social event and arrived in Calgary tired and jet-lagged, with 90kg of robot in tow.

Banff’s stunning scenery quickly got us awake again and the conference turned out to be expertly organized (Thank you, Jason, Branko, Vera, and Joshua!) – even the beer was fittingly named! And there were quite a few robot-papers as well, from Stuttgart, the University of Michigan and Harvard. Here are some of the highlights, in the order of presentation:

Prof. Achim Menges of the ICD at Stuttgart University presented the design and robotic fabrication of the 2010 research pavilion as well as several other robotically fabricated wood structures. You can read up on the research pavilion on their homepage.

The University of Michigan was represented by no less than three robotic papers, showing their SuperKUKA tools as well as several fascinating robot applications, ranging from robot-waterjet-cut stone vaults to a pavilion consisting of robotically bent steel rods – with many smaller projects shown as well. We were really impressed by the work of Wes, David, Maciej, Diana, and Parke – hopefully we’ll soon have the chance to cooperate on projects.

Andy Payne from Harvard, whom you might also know as one of the developers of Firefly, presented a new approach for robot control by creating a custom-made  “digitizer” for industrial robots. When you move this small device, a connected robot moves along with it in real time. He published an early version here – the version shown at ACADIA was quite a bit more advanced!

We presented our new KUKA|prc plugin, which you can now try out yourself – just click the KUKA|prc link on top!

You can download all the papers presented at ACADIA as always via the CUMINCAD index. If you aren’t a member, try to access it via your university’s IP range.

All images are copyright by their respective owners.

Robot Master Class @ Design Modelling Symposium 2011, Berlin

Berlin + Robot = Robotic Graffiti!
Robots in Architecture is on the road again! At the Design Modelling Symposium in Berlin, we held a 2-day robot masterclass that introduced our participants to the KUKA|prc plugin for Grasshopper.
We started out with automatic toolpath generation for robotic writing, but quickly moved on to multi-axis spraypainting on the host university’s white walls – it’s Berlin, after all!
Using an Arduino board, the KUKA robot interfaced with the spraygun, allowing designs that consist of multiple strokes.

We want to thank the participants of our master class, the organizers of the symposium and the workshop host UdK Berlin!

We are currently at the ACADIA conference in Canada and will post some of the workshop material once we’re back home.

Parametric Robot Control Workshop @ CAAD Futures 2011

On July 5th Robots in Architecture held a one-day-only robot workshop at the CAAD Futures 2011 conference. We really had to compress many topics into a single day…with a long lunch break! Fortunately, we had really enthusiastic participants (Thank you Aurelie, Chengyu, Daniel, Dermott, Emmanouil, Juan Manuel, Pankaja, Peter, Rivka, and Sebastian!) and had a great time going from parametric design to direct robotic fabrication in just a few hours.

For the design of parametric shading panels we prepared aluminium sheets for each participant and then used our KUKA robot to parametrically punch the individual patterns into the material – while this may sound simple, many factors such as toolpath layout, reachability, geometry, design and kinematics had to be considered.

We’ve uploaded the workshop material and prepared a short video of the workshop that also showcases the capabilities of our upcoming KUKA|prc component for Grasshopper – enjoy!


Our next stops are:

Master Class
Design Modelling Symposium 2011
08.10.-12.10. | Berlin

Paper Presentation
ACADIA Conference 2011
11.10.-16.10. | Calgary
We want to thank our workshop participants, our hosts at Lucid ULg Liège and KUKA CEE for making this workshop possible!

KUKA KR5 SIXX R650 on the road

We would like to welcome the newest member of robots in architecture, the “small but speedy” KUKA KR5 SIXX R650 robot Marvin.

Marvin will help us to demonstrate robot control via parametric design on the road.

If you want too see Marvin in action and have your personal robot experience, you can attend one of our workshops this summer:
Workshop @ CAAD Futures 2011, July 5th – Liege, Belgium
Master Class @ Design Modelling Symposium 2011, October 8th & 9th – Berlin, Germany
Kindly supported by KUKA CEE


[E]motion in Architecture: Exhibition Opening

Tomorrow is going to be the opening of our exhibition [E]motion in Architecture at the Künstlerhaus, Salzburg.
We’ll be showing projects designed via advanced parametric modelling tools that were produced using CNC machines such as lasercutters, 3D printers, wirecutters, milling machines and of course our KUKA robot. The exhibition room will close with the symposium “Materialising Digital Design” on April 4th – we have invited some very special international guests as speakers, more information will follow.

Curated by Sigrid Brell-Cokcan, Dörte Kuhlmann, Kristina Schinegger

Kindly supported by the Faculty of Architecture, StepFour, JAF, Steinbacher, Amann, Nuntio and Nebel KG.

ACADIA 2010 – A New Parametric Design Tool for Robot Milling

We recently presented our paper “A New Parametric Design Tool for Robot Milling” at the ACADIA 2010 conference in New York. We had a great time there and thank all of our friends who got up on a Sunday morning – after the big party, no less – to follow our presentation.

In our paper we show approaches on how to integrate the robot not just in the parametric model, but in the design process itself. The example above is a screenshot (with added captions) directly out of Grasshopper, showing the initially created curves, the resulting modules and finally the stacked wall – side by side with a preview of the toolpaths, including the possibility to simulate the end-effector movements and extract KRL (KUKA Robot Language) code. It’s all running very fluently, allowing you to quickly iterate alternatives, both in respect to design and production. Finally, due to the KRL code generation, you can also rapidly output KRL files for mass customization, circumventing the lengthy CAD-CAM-Postprocessor workflow.

You can download the full paper here

Advances in Architectural Geometry 2010: Robot Workshop

At the conference Advances in Architectural Geometry 2010 in Vienna we hosted a two-days weekend workshop dealing with using Grasshopper for robot milling. We were very happy to have a wide range of participants, ranging from high-end offices like Snohetta and HdM to researchers from many international universities.

The course material is posted below – a PDF with the instructions, a main 3DM file and the GHX Grasshopper definition.