Industry 4.0 has reshaped the way we manufacture everything from microchips to buildings. In the context of automating workflows, this one-day intensive workshop will engage participants with generative design processes and digital manufacturing using an industrial robotic arm.
The workshop is aimed at architecture students/ practitioners and artists with an interest in digital design and manufacturing. A hot-wire cutter mounted on an IRB-120 robotic arm will be used to rapidly produce 3D geometry from expanded polystyrene blocks. The resultant pieces will then be assembled together and exhibited within the Valletta Design Cluster.
The participants will form teams of two, based on their interest and skills. The teams are:
Group 1- Rhino modelling. Task: aggregation of pre-designed component*
Group 2- Grasshopper for Rhino. Task: programming, simulation and running of IRB-120*
Group 3- Assembly. Task: assembly of components, gluing and finishing
Group 4- Documentation. Task: filming of the design and manufacturing process
*requires knowledge of Rhino