Robot Made: Large-Scale Robotic Timber Fabrication in Architecture 3-Day Workshop

Assistant Professor David Correa from the University of Waterloo, Director of Technology Oliver David Krieg from Intelligent City, and Associate Professor AnnaLisa Meyboom from UBC SALA, will hold a technical workshop on robotic fabrication in collaboration with UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP). While many industries have made leaps and bounds in adopting highly flexible and fully automated fabrication workflows using robotics, the construction and design industry is only just starting to open the door to these technologies.

Recent developments in robotics combined with more accessible design-to-fabrication tools can now offer architects, designers and fabricators unprecedented access to a new design paradigm. We are pleased to welcome two experts to share their knowledge and experience with students and practicing architects here at UBC. Using a state-of-the-art eight-axis industrial robotic work cell in the CAWP pilot manufacturing pilot, the workshop will guide participants through the unique technical and conceptual foundations that underpin robotic milling in wood through the development and construction of a full-scale fabrication project.

The following are two options for this workshop:

Part I (1 day): Robotic Fabrication Seminar and Robot Training

The one-day session will cover an overview of robotic fabrication in timber , introduction to the computational design tools used in the workshop, and introduce robot operations

Part II (3 days plus optional 2 day): Fabrication/Prototyping Workshop

The full 3-day plus optional 2 day workshop will directly engage the participants in the design and fabrication process. Participants will start with base geometry during the design phase and generate a buildable structure using computational design tools. A prototype structure will be machined and assembled on the UBC Campus.

For more details see Agenda

Photo: Robot milling, courtesy UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP)

Robot Milling Courtesy Centre for Advanced Wood Processing

June 4 - June 8, 2022


Centre for Advanced Wood Processing