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Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures

“Beyond the one-architect-one-machine dialogue, the milieu of adaptable machines must adapt further contacts with the real world. It must receive direct sensory information. It must see, hear, and read, and it must take walks in the garden.”

N. Negroponte, 1970



The project Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures, demonstrates a new production process for filament structures. It proposes multiple semi-autonomous wall climbing robots to distribute fiber filament, using any horizontal or vertical surface, or even existing architecture, to support the new structures. Compared to larger scale industrial robots that are limited by position and reach, these robots are enabled with movement systems and a collection of sensors that allow them to travel and interact accurately along typical ground, walls, roofs, and ceilings. One can imagine a fabrication process where an operator arrives to the scene with a suitcase housing all the necessary robots and materials to create a large structure. These agile mobile robotic systems move robotic fabrication processes beyond the constraints of the production hall, exposing vast urban and interior environments as potential fabrication sites.

Stuttgart University. ITECH MScSummer Semester 2015
Institute for Computational Design. 
Prof. Achim Menges.
Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers
Thesis advisers:Ehsan Baharlou, Marshall Prado, Tobias Schwinn.

Fabrication sequence and robotic pathfinding

Wrapping and passing tests. Grabby Crab

Robotic Pathfinding principle      

Passing Mechanism 

Manoeuvreing routine

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