Tech Seminar Final Review Winter 2017

The aim of the seminar was to develop a human-robot interface around a specific fabrication technique by utilizing another end arm tool for the KUKA Agilus robots and controlling it with the Vive controllers.  For the finals, students presented their end-arm tools with real-time demonstrations, their end result objects, AR overlays and their design strategies. The AR overlay on top of the camera feedback combined the precision of robotics with the familiarity of physical interaction.

Assigned methods for this process are as following:

Subtraction and Dissolving:
For this technique, the aim was to manipulate a raw piece of material and use a subtractive method. The object is driven by reduction and phase changes of the material. The goal was to break with 2,5 D constraints in subtractive fabrication and generate a rather complex topology through human interaction. The subtraction of the material could be achieved by dissolving and melting the material with acetone or a heat gun.

Addition and Aggregation:
In this category, students focused on methods such as nesting and composition as a process of addition and aggregation. The goal was to develop objects that are defined by cumulative aggregation and render a multidirectional massing. The intention was to fabricate objects that are conceptualized by principles like gravity, catenary curves, vaults and interlocked parts. This could be achieved by melting wax, extruding foam or by weaving strings and threads to an aggregated network.

The jury included Heather Roberge, Satoru Sugihara, Mark Mack, Steve Lee, Zach Schlossberg, Klaus Platzgummer as well as lead lecturer Guvenc Ozel and tech seminar instructors Benjamin Ennemoser and Mertcan Buyuksandalyaci.