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Mesh Mould Metal, ETH Zurich, 2015-2018
The research project Mesh Mould investigates the unification of reinforcement and formwork into a single robotically fabricated material system. During the first research phase a spatial robotic extrusion process was developed, allowing the examination of the relationship between mesh typology and rheological behavior of concrete (Mesh Mould). The second research phase at the National Competence Centre in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication focuses on the translation of the structurally insufficient polymer-based extrusion process into a fully load-bearing construction system. The current research is dedicated to the development of a fully automated bending and welding process for meshes fabricated from 6 mm steel rebar. The research involves the development of a fabrication-, and structurally-informed mesh typology as well as the subsequent collaborative development of a specialized robotic end-effector together with the Agile & Dexterous Robotics Lab of Professor Jonas Buchli.

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Mesh Mould
Mesh Mould and In situ Fabricator

Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Research programme: NCCR Digital Fabrication
Collaborators: Norman Hack (project lead), Dr. Nitish Kumar, Kathrin Dörfler, Alexander Nikolas Walzer, Maximilian Seiferlein, Dr. Jaime Mata Falcon, Julio Alonso Lopez, Dr. Tim Wangler, Manuel Lussi, Lukas Stadelmann, Lex Reiter, Hannes Heller, Michael Lyrenmann, Heinz Richner, Philippe Fleischmann, Andreas Reusser
Selected experts: Agile & Dexterous Robotics Lab (Prof. Dr. Jonas Buchli), Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH Zurich
Physical Chemistry of Building Materials group (Prof. Dr. Robert J. Flatt),
Institute for Building Materials, ETH Zurich
Concrete Structures and Bridge Design (Prof. Dr. Walter Kaufmann)
Institute for Structural Engineering, ETH Zurich

Industry partner: Sika Technology AG, NOE Formwork, Schlatter Industries AG

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