Gramazio Kohler Research
Open Positions
Thin Folded Concrete Structures
Jammed Architectural Structures
On-site Robotic Construction
Mesh Mould Metal
Smart Dynamic Casting and Prefabrication
Spatial Timber Assemblies
Robotic Lightweight Structures
Robotic Fabrication Simulation for Spatial Structures
Mesh Mould and In situ Fabricator
Complex Timber Structures
Spatial Wire Cutting
Robotic Integral Attachment
Mobile Robotic Tiling
YOUR Software Environment
Aerial Construction
Smart Dynamic Casting
Topology Optimization
Mesh Mould
Acoustic Bricks
Additive processes
Room acoustics
Robotic Fabrication Simulation for Spatial Structures, 2015-2019
This research project develops simulation-based computational methods and tools for supporting the fabrication-aware design of robotically assembled structures from discrete elements. The construction of such structures requires both, the precise guiding of building members around built parts and a strategy for compensating the accumulation of tolerances during fabrication. Hence, the specific focus of this research is the integration of automatic robot path planning including obstacle avoidance into a computational design environment and the simulation of the structure’s geometrical changes based on measured and estimated tolerances. As such, this research allows to investigate the constraints present in robotically fabricated spatial structures and to considerably expand their design and fabrication space.

This research is conducted in collaboration with the projects Multi-Robotic Prefabrication and Spatial Timber Assemblies within the framework of the National Competence Centre of Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication and validated through the construction of various large-scale prefabricated architectural prototypes in the Robotic Fabrication Laboratory (RFL).


Parascho, Stefana, Augusto Gandia, Ammar Mirjan, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler. "Cooperative Fabrication of Spatial Metal Structures." In Fabricate 2017, Achim Menges, Bob Sheil, Ruairi Glynn, Marilena Skavara, 14-16. London: UCL Press, 2017.

Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Collaborators: Augusto Gandia, Gonzalo Casas, Dr. Romana Rust
Consultancy: Marc Freese

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Gramazio Kohler Research
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