Congratulations Laura Lovell-Anderson for her one-year research residency at Autodesk

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 4:45pm

The project will integrate industrialized construction and two industrial manufacturing processes into one custom designed, fabricated, and engineered end of arm tooling that is attached to a large payload industrial robot. In doing so, the capacities of forming structural profiles (e.g. steel tube, I-beams, angle iron) for interior and architectural use are expanded. The two industrial processes that will be integrated are incremental profile forming (IPF) with induction bending (IB). Novel technologies, interfaces, and methods will be investigated to develop new knowledge of the architectural potentials for robotic incremental forming of structural profiles for the physical articulation of geometrically complex designs through robotic programming. This study will utilize an experimental research design to develop a novel automation approach that combines the two separate semi-automated manufacturing processes of IPF and IB into to a single and fully automated process through the use of a six-axis industrial robotic arm with custom engineered and fabricator end effector. In a variable-based approach to technologically-oriented research, the experimental set-up will provide for testing robot control, developing a procedure and defining the variables (degrees of freedom, task regularity, synchronicity, load testing, etc.) of integrating IB and IPF, and defining a database which contains a list of equipment, settings, order of coded operations, etc. 

Our team is comprised of experts and thought leaders from industry (PARTISANS & Sixpenny Architectural Fabrication), academia (Ryerson University), and entrepreneurial communities

Laura Lovell-Anderson will be exhibiting work, Vaisseau, at LUMAS Gallery

Robotic Printing
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 12:00pm to Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 12:00pm

Come see OCAD U Industrial Design Instructor, Laura Lovell-Anderson along with Jonathan Anderson on how Robotic fabrication strategically operates by deploying minimal material for maximal geometric definition and, as a medium, allows for the timely creation of precise and intricately crafted complex interior and exterior environments, as well as objects and surfaces. Building on the principles of computational craft, robotic fabrication seeks to build on recent advancements by examining the ways in which robotic arms have come to be seen as transcending their traditional role as performers of the monotonous tasks of mass manufacturing pipelines and instead be viewed as part of the toolset available for the production of crafted and unique work. These factors combined challenge analogue and low-tech design conventions to reconsider the entire design-to-production process, where the realities of innovative processes and solutions only seem to expand.

The Lumas Gallery window display showcases a series of robotically 3d printed vessels. The 20+ vessels were all printed using a Kuka robotic arm with a custom engineered and built end effector.


Jonathon Anderson, Laura Lovell-Anderson

Venue & Address: 
Lumas Gallery, 159 Yorkville Avenue
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