IF and Mesh Mould, 2018 @ GKR, NCCR DFAB, ETH Zurich



What if, instead of building factories to prefabricate building components, we could fabricate entire buildings by digitally controlled machinery directly at the construction site? The In situ Fabricator – a context-aware mobile on-site construction robot – is a robot prototype addressing this question. At DFAB HOUSE, the IF facilitated the on-site fabrication of a doubly curved steel rebar mesh for a load-bearing reinforced concrete wall featuring the Mesh Mould technology.









Credits:
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich
NCCR Digital Fabrication

Collaborators: Norman Hack (project lead Mesh Mould), Kathrin Dörfler (project lead In situ Fabricator), Dr. Nitish Kumar, Alexander Nikolas Walzer, Manuel Lussi, Maximilian Seiferlein, Dr. Jaime Mata Falcon, Julio Alonso Lopez, Dr. Tim Wangler, Lukas Stadelmann, Lex Reiter, Hannes Heller, Michael Lyrenmann, Heinz Richner, Philippe Fleischmann, Andreas Reusser
Selected experts: Agile & Dexterous Robotics Lab (Prof. Dr. Jonas Buchli), Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Physical Chemistry of Building Materials group (Prof. Dr. Robert J. Flatt), Institute for Building Materials, Concrete Structures and Bridge Design (Prof. Dr. Walter Kaufmann), Institute of Structural Engineering, ETH Zurich
Industry partner: Sika Technology AG, NOE-Schaltechnik GmbH, Schlatter Industries AG
Images © Gramazio Kohler Research

Portfolio  ©  Kathrin Dörfler 2019