Journal article

Robotic variable fabric formwork

X Yang, P Loh, D Leggett

Journal of Computational Design and Engineering | Elsevier | Published : 2019


Casting is one of the most widely used construction techniques. Complex geometries produced via computational design processes are not readily achievable through traditional rigid formwork and are subject to increased material waste. More suitable casting techniques are required to represent digital design output efficiently. This article presents a variable fabric formwork developed to work in conjunction with a 6-axis robotic arm for casting doubly curved panels based on hyperbolic paraboloid geometry. The variable formwork is designed to be extendable in length and width so that it can produce a wide range of outcomes within a single formwork. The interface established in the workflow all..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the contribution of Shawn Koh Jyh Shen as a team member of this research and input to the previous publication of this project. We recognise the technical contribution of Joshua Russo-Batterham and staff in the robotics lab at the Melbourne School of Design. We thank ARUP Melbourne for their generous technical advice. The project had benefited from the Architect Michael Kaufman Scholarship.