R-O-B extends the traditional prefabrication process of construction: the robot leaves the protected environment of the production hall and ventures out to the building site. Housed in a modified freight container, the R-O-B mobile fabrication unit can be used anywhere in the world. It combines the advantages of prefabrication – precision and consistent high quality – with the advantages of short transport routes and just-in-time production on the building site. Furthermore, the mobile fabrication unit is not restricted to a predefined manufacturing process or a particular building material. Making use of computer methodologies in the design and fabrication process allows for manufacturing building elements with highly specific forms, which could not be build manually.
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich
Client: Keller AG Ziegeleien, Pfungen Collaborators: Michael Lyrenmann (project lead), Tobias Bonwetsch, Ralph Bärtschi Selected experts: Viola Zimmermann (cooperate identity) Model making: Christoph Junk Selected contractors: Bachmann Engineering AG Zofingen (integration)