Robotic Production Immanent Design: Creative toolpath Design in Micro and Macro Scale
University of Arts and Design
This paper by Sigrid Brell-Cokcan and Johannes Braumann, elaborates on the concept of production-immanent design for robotic fabrication. Instead of fabricating arbitrary geometries using generic CAD-CAM (Computer Aided Design / Manufacturing) workflows, visual programming environments allow designers to intuitively create highly efficient structures that are specially optimized for the capabilities of robotic arms.
This research into CNC (Computer Numeric Control) processes results in several approaches in both the micro and macro scales towards integrating the multi-functionality of kinematic machines into creative processes with the goal of liberating designers in their use of robots as design tools.
Efficient processes that, at the same time, allow a high degree of customization will enable a new generation of designers to create innovative and individual products or even allow entire branches of industry to stay competitive with newly industrialized countries.