Smart Dynamic Casting – Chair for Architecture and Digital FabricationDate: May 07 2014, 12:00-13:00
Location: ETH Zürich Hönggerberg Campus (Science City)
Building HIL Room E 67.1 (Bloody Hell)
The PhD work presented is embedded in the interdisciplinary research project Smart Dynamic Casting, a fabrication process aimed at eliminating the need for custom made formwork in the construction of complex concrete structures.
In SDC the concrete is formed during the delicate period when the concrete changes from a soft to a hard material. In this process a formwork with a particular cross section, significantly smaller than the structures produced, is attached to a 6-axis robotic arm, replacing the hydraulic jacks commonly used in slipforming. This construction process is informed by the physical properties of the material through a feedback system that measures the setting kinetics of the concrete during the robotic slipforming process. Enhanced robotic control allows the precise manipulation of speed and movement of the formwork in space, ultimately facilitating the formation of complex concrete structures without a custom made formwork.