Materially Informed Design to Robotic Production: A Robotic 3D Printing System for Informed Material Deposition

Sina Mostafavi, Henriette Bier

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This paper presents and discusses the development of a materially informed Design-to-Robotic-Production (D2RP) process for additive manufacturing aiming to achieve performative porosity in architecture at various scales. An extended series of experiments on materiality employing robotic fabrication techniques were implemented in order to finally produce a prototype on one-to-one scale. In this context, design materiality has been approached from both digital and physical perspectives. At digital materiality level, a customized computational design framework has been implemented for form finding of compression only structures combined with a material distribution optimization method. Moreover, the chained connection between the parametric design model and the robotic production setup has enabled a systematic study of specific aspects of physicality that cannot be fully simulated in the digital medium. This established a feedback loop for not only understanding material behaviours and properties but also robotically deposit material in order to create an informed material architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRobotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2016
EditorsDagmar Reinhardt, Rob Saunders, Jane Burry
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-26378-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-26376-2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2016
EventROB|ARCH 2016 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 15 Mar 201619 Mar 2016


ConferenceROB|ARCH 2016


  • informed design
  • robotic 3Dprinting
  • porosity
  • material architecture
  • material behavior


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