Mesh Mould

Mesh Mould is a waste-free robotic fabrication process for fully loadbearing, non-standard concrete constructions.

Digital design tools allow us to effortlessly design and calculate structures exploiting these properties, but this potential is all too often virtual because such structures require expensive, customised, one-of-a kind formwork, which can be used only once and cannot be recycled. Hence, the current practice for producing non-standard architecture in reinforced concrete is neither sustainable nor economically feasible. Mesh Mould addresses this issue and proposes a robotic fabrication process that unifies concrete formwork and reinforcement. Consequently, formwork waste is eliminated thanks to the dexterity and precision of the robot, which liberates reinforced concrete constructions from the current geometric constraints imposed by high formwork costs.

Mesh Mould brings together researchers from the fields architecture, materials science, robotics and structural engineering for the purpose of developing an innovative building process which challenges the conventional methods of construction with concrete. This interdisciplinarity was commended by the juries of both the Swiss Technology Award and the Concrete Innovation Award.

Principal Investigators: Prof. Fabio Gramazio, Prof. Matthias Kohler, Prof. Dr. Jonas Buchli, Prof. Dr. Robert J. Flatt, Prof. Dr. Guillaume Habert

Associated Investigators: Prof. Dr. Walter Kaufmann, Prof. Dr. Joseph Schwartz

Main Collaborators: Norman Hack, Kathrin Dörfler, Alexander N. Walzer,Julio López Alonso, Manuel Lussi, Dr. Jaime Mata Falcon, Dr. Timothy Wangler,

Extended Collaborators: Timothy Sandy, Markus Giftthaler, Isolda Agustí Juan, Ena Lloret-Fritschi, Prof. Dr. Joseph Schwartz, Michael Lyrenmann, Philippe Fleischmann, Andreas Reusser

Publications

Dörfler, Kathrin, Timothy Sandy, Markus Giftthaler, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, and Jonas Buchli. 2016. “Mobile Robotic Brickwork: Automation of a Discrete Robotic Fabrication Process Using an Autonomous Mobile Robot.” In Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2016, edited by Dagmar Reinhardt, Rob Saunders, and Jane Burry, 204–17. Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-26378-6_15.

Neunert, Michael, Markus Giftthaler, Marco Frigerio, Claudio Semini, and Jonas Buchli. 2016. “Fast Derivatives of Rigid Body Dynamics for Control, Optimization and Estimation,” 91–97. doi:10.1109/SIMPAR.2016.7862380.

Sandy, Timothy, Markus Giftthaler, D Kathrin, Matthias Kohler, and Jonas Buchli. 2016. “Autonomous Repositioning and Localization of an In Situ Fabricator.” In 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2852–58. doi:10.1109/ICRA.2016.7487449.

Dörfler, Kathrin, Timothy Sandy, Markus Giftthaler, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, and Jonas Buchli. 2016. “Mobile Robotic Brickwork: Automation of a Discrete Robotic Fabrication Process Using an Autonomous Mobile Robot.” In Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2016, edited by Dagmar Reinhardt, Rob Saunders, and Jane Burry, 204–17. Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-26378-6_15.

Hack, Norman, Willi Viktor Lauer, Fabio Gramazio, and Matthias Kohler. 2015. “Mesh Mould: Robotically Fabricated Metal Meshes as Concrete Formwork and Reinforcement.” Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Ferrocement and 3rd ICTRC International Conference on Textile Reinforced Concrete.

Hack, Norman, Timothy Wangler, Nitish Kumar, Nikolas Walzer, Konrad Graser, Lex Reiter, Heinz Richner, et al. 2017. “Mesh Mould: An On Site, Robotically Fabricated, Functional Formwork.” In Proceedings of the Second Concrete Innovation Conference (2nd CIC). Tromsø.

Neunert, Michael, Markus Giftthaler, Marco Frigerio, Claudio Semini, and Jonas Buchli. 2016. “Fast Derivatives of Rigid Body Dynamics for Control , Optimization and Estimation,” 91–97. doi:10.1109/SIMPAR.2016.7862380.

Sandy, Timothy, Markus Giftthaler, D Kathrin, Matthias Kohler, and Jonas Buchli. 2016. “Autonomous Repositioning and Localization of an In Situ Fabricator.” In 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2852–58. doi:10.1109/ICRA.2016.7487449.

Wangler, Timothy, Ena Lloret, Lex Reiter, Norman Hack, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Mathias Bernhard, et al. 2016. “Digital Concrete: Opportunities and Challenges.” RILEM Technical Letters 1 (0): 67. doi:10.21809/rilemtechlett.2016.16.

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