Robotically driven construction of buildings: Exploring on-demand building components production

  • Henriette Bier Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Sina Mostafavi Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Ana Anton Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Serban Bodea Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Berend Raaphorst Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Guus Mostart Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Hans de Jonge Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Jeroen van Lit Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Jan Paclt Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Kasper Siderius Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Marco Galli Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Michal Kornecki Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Mohammad Jooshesh Oana Anghelache Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Perry Low Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Radoslaw Flis Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Rob Moors Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Rutger Roodt Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Ruth Hoogenraad Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Stef Hoeijmakers Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Steph Kanters Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Thijs IJperlaan Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Peter Rem Delft University of Technology, Civil Engineering and Geosciences
  • Somayeh Lotfi Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Eleonora di Domenica Delft University of Technology, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Theo Salet Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Jordy Vos Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Adrie van der Burgt Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Bas van Wezel Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Christiaan Voorend Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Chiel Bekkers Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Iris Rombouts Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Luc Gerlings Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Marieke de Vries Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Marijn Bruurs Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Rob Wolfs Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Siert Saes Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Tim Span Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment
  • Wout Rouwhorst Eindhoven University of Technology, Built Environment

Abstract

Robotically Driven Construction of Buildings (RDCB) is an exploration into design to production solutions for robotically driven construction of buildings initiated by the faculties of Civil Engineering and Architecture, TU Delft and Architecture, TU Eindhoven and implemented 2014 within the 3TU Lighthouse framework. The aim of was to involve the disciplines of architecture, robotics, materials science, and structural design in order to integrate knowledge from the individual disciplines and develop new numerically controlled manufacturing techniques and building-design optimisation methods for adding creative value to buildings in a cost-effective and sustainable way.

RDCB builds up on expertise developed at Hyperbody with respect to applications of robotics in architecture and this paper presents the contribution of the Robotic Building team from Hyperbody, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft to the RDCB project. The contribution is in line with Europe’s aim to improve material and energy efficiency of buildings and efficiency of construction processes. Robotically driven construction and customised building materials have the potential to realise this in a cost-effective way and at the same time reduce accidents and health hazards for workers in the building sector. In order to achieve this RDCB is distributing materials as needed and where needed. This requires exploration of a variety of techniques and implies working with customised materials and techniques while finding the best methods of applying materials in the logic of specific force flows or thermal dissipation patterns.

RDCB advances multi- and trans-disciplinary knowledge in robotically driven construction by designing and engineering new building systems for the on-demand production of customisable building components (Bier, 2014). The main consideration is that in architecture and building construction the factory of the future employs building materials and components that can be on site robotically processed and assembled.

How to Cite
BIER, Henriette et al. Robotically driven construction of buildings: Exploring on-demand building components production. SPOOL, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, p. 31-35, nov. 2014. ISSN 2215-0900. Available at: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/index.php/spool/article/view/933>. Date accessed: 25 feb. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/spool.2014.2.933.

Keywords

Robotically Driven Construction of Buildings, RDCB, robotics, civil engineering, architecture; materials science, structural design; Hyperbody

Published
2014-11-10