We are developing new robotic timber joining techniques to expand the design space of additive digital timber construction. By combining optimised cooperative robotic assembly procedures and computational design we can create bespoke spatial timber bar and plate structures that make efficient use of materials. Additionally, we aim to improve the 3D printing of the customised metal joints that are used to reinforce joints and connections that are subjected to exceptionally high stresses.
Using timber joints as a testing ground, our goal is to develop strategies to register material deviations and construction tolerances, and to adapt computational design and robotic fabrication accordingly. Furthermore, we investigate fabrication-aware methods to optimise the assembly sequencing of individual building members at the design stage for later on-site assembly.