Future Tree: Robotic timber meets digital concrete

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Meet the researchers: Lauren Vasey

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Fast Complexity: Additive Manufacturing for Prefabricated Concrete Slabs

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Meet the researchers: Valens Frangez

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Introduction

Initiated in 2014, the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication aims to revolutionise architecture through the seamless combination of digital technologies and physical building processes. Over 60 researchers from six different academic disciplines collaborate to develop ground-breaking technologies for tomorrow’s construction. Their research allows Switzerland to take a leading position within the global field of digital fabrication. The NCCR Digital Fabrication is the first NCCR focused on architecture and construction funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Initiated at ETH Zurich, it is partnered with EPF Lausanne, the Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the Bern University of Applied Sciences and Empa.

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11.08.2020

Robotic Embankment Prototype

Robotic Embankment Prototype

ROBOTIC EMBANKMENT PROTOTYPE, Summer 2020, ETH Zurich.Free-form autonomous formation in terrain with HEAP.This experiment with HEAP (Hydraulic Excavator for Autonomous Purposes) demonstrates our latest research in on-site and mobile digital fabrication with found materials. The embankment prototype…

13.07.2020

Digital Concrete: Keynote Robert Flatt and Lex Reiter

Digital Concrete 2020 | Day 1 |

13.07.2020

Future Tree

Future Tree

Demonstrating the latest advances in robotic timber construction and digital concrete, Future Tree combines state-of-the-art design techniques, material science and robotic fabrication. The structure, completed in the end of 2019, is located in Esslingen, Switzerland and stretches over the courtyard…

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06.07.2020

Meet the researchers: Lauren Vasey

Lauren Vasey is a Postdoc with Gramazio Kohler Research. We asked her to tell us about moving across the Atlantic to pursue her career and what it was like to start a new job just before a pandemic.

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10.09.2020

workshop: Compas Fab: Robotics and Digital Fabrication in Python using open source tools

In this workshop, we will explain how robotics is used on digital fabrication, in particular, how to use an industrial arm as a general-purpose tool for fabrication. We will introduce concepts of robotics including models, kinematics, planning functions and will explore the basics of ROS, the Robot Operating System.Equipped with this knowledge, we will use COMPAS FAB, an open source python…

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12.05.2020

ITA on Gigafactories with Matt Jezyk

Every semester, the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA) of the ETH Zurich invites three leading figures from the fields of architecture and construction to contribute to interdisciplinary discussions on the construction of the future and on societal issues such as digitalization, resource…

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29.04.2020

Invited lecture Ena Lloret-Fritschi

NCCR Postdoc Ena Lloret-Fritschi will speak about her work on DFAB HOUSE at the Nohrcon conference. DFAB HOUSE – UNIQUE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN CONSTRUCTION How can digital construction change the way we design and build? In Switzerland, the “DFAB HOUSE” opened in 2019. The house is built with digital technologies – right from the design- and planning process to the construction…

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28.04.2020

ITA on Onsite Offsite with Débora Mesa

Every semester, the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA) of the ETH Zurich invites three leading figures from the fields of architecture and construction to contribute to interdisciplinary discussions on the construction of the future and on societal issues such as digitalization, resource efficiency and energy transition.Our second lecturer of the Spring Semester 2020 is Débora Mesa,…

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