Studio professor Peter Testa with one of the Staübli "Unimation" robot arms (Photo: Phyllis Richardson)
Robotic arms positioned in the Robot House at SCI Arc (Photo: Phyllis Richardson)
Students applying fittings and materials created using the 3D printer to the robotic arms (Photo: Phyllis Richardson)
Image from "Suspended Depositions" project by Brian Harms, 2013 which used robots to shape resin in three dimensions (Photo: SCI-Arc)
Experimental resin material being manipulated by robot arms in thesis project Phantom Geometry, by Liz and Kyle von Hassein, 2012 (Photo: SCI-Arc)
Since it launched in 2011, the Robot House at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) has challenged students to create material forms of digital models by orchestrating complex robotic movements in space. But aided by the 3D printer they are breaking even newer ground. Students have begun concocting their own materials, which they can then fit with sensors to follow changes in the material as it is manipulated and, they hope, produce an appropriate response.
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