Call for participation in robotic fabrication workshop

The 2019 Dragon Skin Pavilion at the UBC campus was made during the annual Robotic Fabrication workshop. Photo by David Correa.

Spots are available for professional architects to participate in a technical workshop on full-scale robotic fabrication, scheduled to be held at UBC from October 3-7, 2020. The workshop qualifies for AIBC continuing education credits.

The workshop is run by Assistant Professor David Correa from University of Waterloo, Director of Technology Oliver David Krieg from Intelligent City, and Associate Professor AnnaLisa Meyboom from UBC SALA, in collaboration with UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP).

Photo by David Correa.

“While many industries have made leaps and bounds in adopting highly flexible and fully automated fabrication workflows using robotics, the construction and design industry are only just starting to open the door to these technologies,” write the organizers.

“Recent developments in robotics combined with more accessible design-to-fabrication tools can now offer architects, designers and fabricators unprecedented access to a new design paradigm. We are pleased to welcome experts to share their knowledge and experience with students and practicing architects here at UBC.”

Photo by David Correa.

Using a state-of-the-art eight-axis industrial robotic work cell in the CAWP pilot manufacturing pilot, the workshop will guide participants through the unique technical and conceptual foundations that underpin robotic milling in wood, through the development and construction of a full-scale fabrication project.

Participants will be part of a full-day robotic fabrication seminar and robot training, which provides an overview of robotic fabrication in timber, introduction to the computational design tools used in the workshop, and introduction to robot operations.

Photo by David Correa.

They also have the option to join for the two-day fabrication prototyping workshop, which will directly engage the participants in the design and fabrication process.  Participants will start with base geometry during the design phase and generate a buildable structure using computational design tools.  A prototype structure will be machined and assembled on the UBC Campus.

The workshop has been held annually since 2016. Last year’s pavilion was built with traditional wood-on-wood joinery—using no screws—and will be on exhibit at the UBC campus until October 2020.

For more information and to register, visit this link.