MAAD Research Video "Free-Oriented Additive Manufacturing" Presented at 2018 Robotics in Architecture Conference at ETH Zurich

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Congratulations to the team behind the MAAD (CMU-PUM) research video "Free-Oriented Additive Manufacturing", which was accepted to the 2018 Association for Robotics in Architecture Conference (Rob|Arch) call for videos and presented at the conference at the ETH in Zurich this past week. This video depicts a novel additive manufacturing application of fused deposition modeling on varying spatial conditions, deposition direction, and geometry to adapt to complex infrastructure conditions.

3D-printed cellular and lattice-like structures have the potential to be incorporated into large-scale robotic construction because of their lightweight multifunctional application. In order to break the constraint of the horizontal stacking principal, the project studied the effect of orienting the extrusion direction on non-layer spatial fused deposition modeling.

“Free-Oriented Additive Manufacturing” provides a fabrication technique for architectural speculation of previously unexploited spaces, providing the means for reconfiguring and bonding new qualities to existing infrastructures. It has the potential to produce complexity of form, bespoke performance, and mass instantiations.

This proposed technique is tested under four case studies, each one using a different combination of resolution-based computational design methods and fabrication workflow setups of the same robotic cell. These case studies demonstrate the concept of detaching 3D printing processes to horizontal work beds, explaining its fabrication process, and testing over existing porous surfaces. The case studies conclude by evaluating the robotic implementation in additive manufacturing applications by means of reachability, flexibility, and benefits of compactness of the end of the arm tool (EOAT).

M. Rodriguez Ladron de Guevara, Carnegie Mellon University
L. Borunda Monsivais, Polytechnic University of Madrid  

Research Advisors:
J. Ficca, M. Arscott, D. Cardoso, J. Bard, S. Lee, J. Anaya

Carnegie Mellon University
Polytechnic University of Madrid