Mediating Volumetric Thresholds

Detached Fabrication Processes for Non-Uniform Solids
  • Gabriel Fries-BriggsEmail author


Volume-based design logic has become focal point in fabrication discourse giving rise to the development of new techniques, episteme, and modes of architectural representation. While building on this reconceptualization of material, volumetric design-logic can be advanced by introducing the design and fabrication of non-uniform solids in which volume cannot be described as the matter between surfaces. Detached fabrication is proposed as a method of fabricating both precise and indeterminate internal forms using an industrial robot to mediate the interaction of multiple materials and volumes without direct manipulation of a tool. This method is presented as both a new technique for fabrication with industrial robots and an additional model of designing through volumetric logics.


Detached tooling Rapid prototyping Non-uniform volume 



Thanks to Axel Kilian and the Embodied Computation Lab at Princeton University for guidance and support. Robotic pathways were generated using the Mussel plugin for Grasshopper, created by Ryan Luke Johns, who also generously provided advice. Additional thanks to research cohorts Charles Avis, Nicholas Pajerski, Brendan Shea, and YshaiYudekovitz for advice and criticism throughout the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Princeton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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