Multi-Robotic Assembly of Discrete Shell Structures

Wang J., Liu W., Kao, G. T.-M., Mitropoulou, I., Ranaudo F., Block P. and Dillenburger B.
Advances in Architectural Geometry 2023
De Gruyter
doi: 10.1515/9783111162683-020

Discrete shell structures are renowned for their material efficiency and elegance. However, they might require a fair amount of falsework as temporary supports during construction, which could partially offset the gains in material efficiency. This research is an investigation of the use of multi-robotic assembly for the autonomous construction of discrete shells. We present a design-to-fabrication workflow that combines structural design, construction sequence assessment, reachability evaluation, and robotic motion planning. We demonstrate the potential of the proposed workflow through a simple and a more complex example. This work contributes to the research field of assembly-aware design and multi-robotic manufacturing to improve assembly efficiency and reduce waste.


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    booktitle = "Advances in Architectural Geometry 2023",
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