Gramazio Kohler Research
Open Positions
Thin Folded Concrete Structures
Jammed Architectural Structures
On-site Robotic Construction
Mesh Mould Metal
Smart Dynamic Casting and Prefabrication
Spatial Timber Assemblies
Robotic Lightweight Structures
Mesh Mould and In situ Fabricator
Complex Timber Structures
Spatial Wire Cutting
Robotic Integral Attachment
Mobile Robotic Tiling
YOUR Software Environment
Aerial Construction
Smart Dynamic Casting
Topology Optimization
Mesh Mould
Acoustic Bricks
Additive processes
Room acoustics
© Digital Arts Association

Robotic Cosmogony, Museum of Digital Art, Zurich, 2016-2017
The robot which makes particles float
Robotic Cosmogony, specifically designed for the Gramazio Kohler exhibition at the Museum of Digital Art, consists of two robotic arms that create seemingly weightless spaces through sound waves, allowing tiny particles to float.

Multiple audio signals at 40kHz are used in and out of phase to create a point in space in which objects can be suspended in mid-air. Each robot is equipped with this acoustic levitation device that allows it to pick up the particle and maneuver it through space without physical contact.

Time and acceleration of the moving particle are comparable to planets orbiting in space. When the particle reaches the limits of its robotic workspace, it is handed over to the other robot to continue its intertwining path.
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Collaborators: Adam Donovan (project lead), Matthias Helmreich, Romana Rust, Gonzalo Casas, Theodoros Kyttas

Copyright 2016, Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Gramazio Kohler Research
Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication
ETH Zürich HIB E 43
Stefano-Franscini Platz 1 / CH-8093 Zurich

+41 44 633 49 06