Robots are being embraced by architects and used to automate and enhance certain design processes.
Robots have been a staple of the manufacturing industry for years, but their presence on construction sites has been slow to occur. Now it seems like they’re being embraced by architects and used to automate and enhance certain design processes. Let’s take a closer look at the various ‘architecture robots’ currently or about to be in use.
3D printing is one area of construction where robotic-driven technology is predominating. It requires a precise positioning device that robotics can enable- a human employee can’t take a bucket of concrete and pour it over a specific plan layer by layer. 3D printing does have limitations due to printer size, as bigger prints require larger printers. How large a printer would be needed to ‘print’ an entire building?
The technologies that drive robot arms in particular are proving adaptable for use in architecture and design. Robot manufacturer KUKA, modeling program Rhinocerous, and Rhino plugin Grasshopper have collaborated to create a plugin that allows designer to control robots with a program currently used by architects and digitally simulate the actual fabrication process.