Kuka Robotic Work Cell: Large-Scale Robotic Timber Fabrication in Architecture Workshop
On September 17th- 21st, CAWP along with UBC Architecture commissioned two experts from the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart. Students from Canada, USA, and Mexico took part in this intense development and construction workshop. For most participants, this was their first exposure to designing and fabricating a full-scale project for robotic manufacturing. For the instructors, this was one of the larger robot cells that they have had the opportunity to work on. Needless to say, they designed a 16 feet tall structure utilizing the capacity of the machine. Click on the image below to watch a video of the process.
Upcoming CAWP Events:
On January 26th our annual CAWP Open House takes place, offering industry and anyone who wants to know more about CAWP the chance to learn about our latest projects. On February 23rd and 24th we will host the Holzbau Pacific North-West as part of Wood Week BC. The theme of this two-day conference is installing structures using mass timber products, building physics, manufacturing processes and technologies, and upcoming building applications. This event is a collaboration between UBC – Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP), University of Northern British Columbia, Oregon State University, and FPInnovations.
We continue to hold our monthly Outside the Box networking meetings for designers and manufacturers interested in exploring new business opportunities, and our good friends at Yew Woodshop have been providing a great eastside venue. The calendar for our meetups is at http://www.meetup.com/Outside-the-Box-Meetup-Group/ . Our online Management Skills Training courses are available at various times of the year – check our calendar for the next dates.
Projects: As usual we have some interesting projects underway. We have now commissioned our industrial robot cell and had a seminar delivered by two instructors from the Institute of Computational Design (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart. This workshop 5-day interactive workshop was fully subscribed by industry and students. A 16 feet tall free standing timber structure created, taking advantage of the larger size capacity of our robot cell.