Architectural Robotics Lab

Robotic Arm

An application led by Dr Wassim Jabi to the Cardiff University Research Infrastructure Fund also involving Prof. Rossi Setchi of the School of Engineering and Prof. Mohamed Naim of Cardiff Business School has enabled the purchase of a 6-Axis High Accuracy Robotic Arm to research the potential for robotic construction and digital fabrication in architecture. The robot, a Kuka KR60 HA (High Accuracy), is the central piece of infrastructure to kick-start a new research initiative into the linkage of generative parametric design software and robotic construction of innovative architectural components.

Robotic arms in architecture have been used in the past to assemble brick walls, CNC mill material using high speed spindles, cut double-curved surfaces using a hot-wire cutter, build complex surfaces using weaving techniques, and construct art installations using thermo-set polymers. The Architectural Robotics Lab aim is to investigate and research new ways of making using robotic technologies. We are actively collaborating with the school of engineering, a large design firm and a large manufacturer to seek research funding.

We are seeking Ph.D. students to work with us in this area. If you are interested in conducting Ph.D.-level research at the Welsh School of Architecture in the area of digital manufacturing and robotic construction in architecture, please contact Ms. Katrina Lewis (LewisK2@cardiff.ac.uk) for more information.

Robot Specification:

KR 60 HA (HIGH ACCURACY)

Designed for high-precision specifications, HA series robots are particularly suitable for laser applications or the gauging of components.

Loads

Payload 60 kg
Supplementary payload 35 kg

Working envelope

Max. reach approx. 2000 mm
Number of axes 6
Repeatability <±0,05 mm