On 23 May 2016, Empa officially inaugurated the modular experimental building NEST in Dübendorf in the presence of Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann. The building is a unique research and innovation platform with the goal to accelerate the innovation process in the building and energy sector. To demonstrate the real-world application of its novel research, the NCCR Digital Fabrication will design, fabricate, and construct a habitat module over the next two years that will plug-in to this innovative platform.

Almost seven years after the initial ideas for NEST began to take shape, the “living lab” was finally officially opened on 23 May 2016. The opening ceremony was attended by leading representatives from academia, industry and the public sector, and addressed by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann Schneider-Ammann.

The NEST building consists of a “backbone” structure designed to host and support the installation and connection of modular research units. Over the next two years the NCCR Digital Fabrication will design and construct a NEST Unit; a building research module, which will demonstrate and exhibit the current innovations emerging from NCCR research.

At the opening the NCCR Digital Fabrication was prominently displaying the In situ Fabricator robot and demonstrating the construction of a prototype wall using Mesh Mould innovations. Both, the construction robot as well as the Mesh Mould process will be part of the building process of the NCCR Digital Fabrication’s NEST Unit. The design and fabrication of the Unit will leverage the NCCR’s expertise in architecture, robotics, materials and engineering, and the resulting module is scheduled to open in 2018.

Read the whole article about the Official Opening of NEST on the Empa News.

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Image caption: Konrad Graser, NCCR Digital Fabrication, demonstrates robotic on-site fabrication.