Arash Adel – Capstone: Robotic Timber Manufacturing

The MS_DMT Capstone continued the investigations initiated in ARCH 708, Systems Engagement, in fall 2019. These investigations primarily focused on a conceptual framework for the digital practice of architecture, positioning digital manufacturing as an integral part of the design process. The topics covered in Systems Engagement were further advanced in Capstone by engaging the industry to learn about real-world construction and investigate how digital design and manufacturing can have a meaningful impact. In particular, this studio developed integrative computational design methods to apply the acquired knowledge in designing a novel timber pavilion. This pavilion acted as a case study that helped explore robotic fabrication technologies’ potentials for architectural explorations and provide the means to rethink architectural production by implementing seamless digital design-to-fabrication chains. The main topics covered in this course included algorithms and data structures, analysis and optimization methods, digital design-to-fabrication workflows, custom tools and fabrication procedures for timber frame construction, robotic fabrication of timber frame sub-assemblies, and onsite assembly.

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Student Work

Ying Cai, Han-Yuan Chang, Ryan Craney, Carl Uwe Eppinger, Monik Jayantilal Gada, Chih Jou Lin, Feras Zuhair A Nour, Thea Jordan Thorrell, Christopher Voltl, Aaron Michael Weaver, Chia Ching Yen

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