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Digital Fabrication in Architecture

Digital Fabrication in Architecture

Digital Fabrication To Revolutionize The Future Of Architecture

Poor construction management and substandard project vision can easily endanger the completion of any project. Several building projects still include inferior working conditions which are not eloquently sustainable. The world is constantly changing and with it the construction processes are also being developed. Construction processes that involve digital technologies ensure sustainable working conditions, productivity and sustainability. That’s not all, the integration of new technologies also enable the creation of fresh architectural expressions. The advent of digital fabrication has made it easier to use programmed computers as a medium of completing the projects successfully using digital designs.

 

Digital Building Culture

The potential of this digital building culture can be fully exploited with funding and institutional environments that facilitate proper interdisciplinary research. The process of digital fabrication unites the separate disciplines like robotics, control system engineering, materials science, computer science, structural design and architecture.

Digital Fabrication_1Recently, the AAAS 2017 meeting in Boston was held in which the RMIT University, University of California, and Jane Burry amongst others explained the development in digital building culture. The detailed presentations they showcased at this event highlight the integration of digital technologies with building process, planning and design. The process of digital fabrication in itself is revolutionary and can successfully renovate the building industry.

Overcoming Challenges in Digital Fabrication

Assistant professor, Jonas Buchli at ETZ Zurich and private investigator in NCCR highlighted the expanded use of digital fabrication using domain specific robotic technology in prefabrication and construction sites.

He also demonstrated the various challenges that the researchers are going through in the integration and further development of digital technologies in varied fields of architecture. Digital fabrication and increased use of digital designs for higher quality projects can successfully transform the future of architecture.

Free Of Limitations

Digital fabrication has helped designers by unchaining them from the limitations of dimensional representational techniques. It has freed the designers from the various constraints of physical modeling and drawing.

This has helped them solve the various hindrances of extraneous factors like material and fabrication constraints, and environmental and structural optimization. The director of RMIT University in Australia demonstrated how the various opportunities for quality control, mass customization, variation, optimization, and automation can be explored.

Digital fabrication helps realize the potentialities of these opportunities in full scale construction projects. Burry also demonstrated examples of how innovation and research has successfully changed construction practices. For a better insight of development she will use case studies of Antonio Sagrada Familia.

3D printing digital fabrication enables building objects using layers of plastic or metal. However, the process of development in 3D printing has been slow and has till date only enabled small scale object printing.

The Associate Professor in Berkeley USA, Ronald Rael is devising new methods to overcome this challenge. He has been working on the project for quite some time, and has been able to develop new materials that will help overcome the challenge of costs and scales of 3D printing. Ronald demonstrated that sustainable resources amassed from waste streams derived for 3D printing in architecture will be a viable solution for overcoming the challenges.

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Meet Tarzan – the Robot Designed to Monitor Crops

Meet Tarzan – the Robot Designed to Monitor Crops

We are on the verge of entering the future or we had already moved in the future without noticing it. Technology news is celebrating a robot which has been developed to aid the farmers in their hardships and toils on the land with equal amount of precision and performance. This robot is designed to swing between cables to keep an eye on the plants and it has been developed by the US University called Georgia Tech. The prototype designed by them has been named Tarzan and it will help in gathering all the information related to the plant health and growth right to the farmers. The robotics team behind Tarzan is planning to put this robot to test in the Soyabean during the latter half of this year.

How they developed Tarzan?

Robotics researchers at Georgia Tech have modelled the movement of the Tarzan after carefully studying the movement of the sloth but they have ensured agility in the robot for better results. The movement of Tarzan is simple as it lets go of one hand and makes use of the momentum generated from it to swing forward and at the end it grabs the cable to alight. This movement is almost like the Ninjas jumping around at the same time swings upon the cables.

How it will work?

Technology news all the around the world are talking about the Tarzan because of its utility and unique feature set. In essence this robot is designed to move just like the fictional character of Tarzan. Parallel wires will be stretched over the field and the Tarzan will be deployed there to watch over the crops wherein it will be able to swing over the crops by using its 3D printed claws. This shows the remarkable achievement of the robotics wherein a bot will be able to take measurements and measure of each plat using the camera while being suspended in the air. It will be performing the most primitive and essential task which has been carried out by the generations of human kind.

The future application of the Tarzan

Over the years technology news has covered a number of farmers who make use of the drones to monitor their crops. Currently researchers are working at making Tarzan more energy efficient so that it can around the farms and keep a close eye on the crops. Researchers are looking at the option of creating solar powered versions of the Tarzan which will help in keeping eye on the crops without the need of recharging and refuelling the robot after every few hours.

A new trend has been seen in the field of robotics wherein both the elasticity and the falling motion is utilized to bring mobility in the bots. Similar functionality has been used in the Tarzan to allow it hop and jump by being suspended on the cable to overlook the crops. Everything related to this robot development is great but the feasibility and utility of having a robot suspended over a field is questionable. It doesn’t appear to more effective that the already available technological solution in the form of Skycam style system designed for watching the crops.

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