Robotic Fabrication with Bioplastic Materials: Digital design and robotic production of biodegradable objects

Manuel Kretzer, Sina Mostafavi

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Abstract

Bioplastics are materials that are composed of renewable organic biomass sources and thus they are inherently biodegradable. On top of their ecological advantages to standard plastics they help to conserve fossil raw materials and the dependency on mineral oil. Recent advancements in digital design and robotic materialisation have introduced innovative methods for the realisation of complex geometries and direct experimentation through physical prototyping. Within this collaborative course between the Dessau Department of Design and the Dessau Institute of Architecture, we set out to explore the potentials of self-made bioplastic materials in combination with cutting-edge robotic fabrication in order to produce compostable products. Throughout the course the participants got acquainted with the fundamentals of parametric design to robotic production while performing systematic scientific experiments with bioplastics to develop the perfect material for robotic production. The paper presents a number of recipes on how to create bioplastics in a DIY manner. Moreover, the material research methodology, as well as robotic fabrication strategies behind each of the projects, are discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 38th eCAADe Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationAnthropologic - Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age
EditorsLiss C. Werner, Dietmar Koering
PublishereCAADe (Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe) and University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture, Slovenia
Pages603-612
Number of pages10
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9789491207204
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event38th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 16 Sep 202017 Sep 2020
Conference number: 38

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Volume1
ISSN (Print)2684-1843

Conference

Conference38th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Abbreviated titleeCAADe 2020
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityBerlin
Period16/09/2017/09/20

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