Robotic Construction Gets Fancy at ETH Zurich's Digital Fabrication Lab

The use of building materials with unpredictable geometries, such as raw quarry stones or recycled concrete rubble, is a challenge for the traditions of digital fabrication. This research work focuses on developing advanced three-dimensional scanning of materials, real-time analysis, and digital robotic fabrication that is able to respond to such irregular materials. The goal for this research is therefore to define an innovative and environmentally sound building system that foregoes traditional binding materials, reinforcement systems and formwork.”


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