Intro to Robotic Fabrication
Instructor: Shani Sharif
Collaborators: Andres Erazo, Jose Sosa, Yuancao Zhao
How can robotics augment the skills of a craftsman?
The possibility for precision dry stacking creates a new role of the mason, affording additional freedom in process and outcome. With the ability to step back and oversee progress, the craft can be employed in a more thoughtful manner.
Since mortar presents an issue in robotic masonry applications, this system relies on dry stacking combined with grout for reinforcement. Within the constraint of core alignment, the blocks are free to rotate and shift orientation, allowing for parametric variation within the structural system.
Base Structural Logic Utilizing a fiber reinforced self-consolidating grout and steel reinforcement in the cores is faster than traditional mortar reinforcement and more suitable for robotic application due to the variable consistency of mortar.
Rule 01: Placement Check for Design Scripting
Construction: Robotic Stacking
Rule 02: Cores Align for Vertical Grout Channels
Rule 03: 2+ Rows Interlock for Lateral Reinforcement
Rule 04: Construction is Segmented for Rebar Overlap
Full Scale Prototypes (3)