Interlacing, 2012 with dorfundrust @ TU Vienna

This research focuses on exploiting industrial robots not merely as a manufacturing automaton, but as a universal actuator linking the digital to the physical world, as part of a design tool that can be controlled interactively by the designer during the fabrication process. In conventional CNC aided workflows leading from virtual models to physical ones, all design decisions must be made beforehand, therefore the production processes are linear and inflexible and don‘t utilize the potential of the machines as design tools. As an alternative, this research aims at unifying the design and the fabrication processes in an open system, where design decisions can be made by users while the physical manufacturing process is in progress. This concept is implemented by extending the robot with a flexible open interface, and connecting it to a network of sensors and input devices allowing the on-line control of the robot. This set-up is then used to solve illustrative design tasks.

Collaborators: dorfundrust (Romana Rust, Kathrin Dörfler)

Portfolio  ©  Kathrin Dörfler 2019