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D-FORM

Exploring the Combination of Laser Cutting and Robotic Thermoforming as a Technique for Architectural Envelopes
  • Renate WeissenböckEmail author
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Abstract

The aim of this study is to explore the potential of robotic thermoforming techniques to develop procedures for the construction of facade elements, surface treatments and apertures. A novel fabrication process is created by combining robotic fabrication with laser cutting, as well as by implementing robotic thermoforming techniques. In this exploration, a series of methods, techniques and operations are conducted producing several customized prototypes with individual shaped surfaces. By using digital parametric design tools Rhino, Grasshopper and HAL, adjustments in the fabrication process can be made easily and a variety of elements can be created with similar procedures for varying demands.

Keywords

Robotic fabrication Digital fabrication Laser cutting Thermoforming Parametric design 

References

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graz University of TechnologyGrazAustria

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