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Cluster [06]

Introduction to Robotic Fabrication

Tutor: Pradeep Devadass (with Sushant Verma)

(The Bartlett UCL + Design Exchange (B-made))

Date:29th & 30th Aug 2020 (Saturday & Sunday)

Time: 7:30 PM - 1:30 AM IST // 2 PM - 8 PM GMT

Duration: 2 DAYS // 6 Hours on all 2 days

Type: Interactive Tutorial Workshop

Registration Fee: INR 7500 // $100

Max. Spots: 20

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[  ] Workshop Title

Introduction to Robotic Fabrication

[  ] Key Software / Tech to be taught

Robot Simulation in Grasshopper3D, Speckle for Remote Collaboration

[  ] Workshop Description

The workshop will introduce you to robotics fabrication in creative design field. Through this course you will understand the fundamentals of the robot and how to develop robotic process. The course will teach you advanced computational fabrication techniques and how to design based on constraints of the technology.

With current pandemic situation remote collaborative working has become a necessary skill. To address this challenge, the workshop will demonstrate a novel methodology where two or more members of a team will collaborate in real-time to bridge the gap between computational design and robotic fabrication, thereby demonstrating a remote-working methodology of real-time interaction between design and fabrication. This will be demonstrated by two instructors - a computational design expert located in Country A and a robotic fabrication specialist located in Country B, simultaneously developing a parametric design and robotic fabrication process based on feedback from each other. This process will be later experimented by the workshop participants to test in a digital environment. The aim of the workshop is to enable a designer to collaboratively develop robotic process for architectural applications.

As the exploration is completely digital, a robotic fabrication process of the participant choice could be explored, but for initial demonstration the entire methodology will be taught through robotic 3D printing process, which participants can later explore in the real-world based on access & availability of resource. Other methodologies of Robotic Fabrication would also be explored on Day02 to give a comprehensive understanding to participants on potentials of using Robots in Digital Fabrication. Through these processes, the workshop will introduce the potential use of robotics in architecture, design and construction. Participants will understand the fundamentals of robotics, how to program a robot and how to design parametrically based on the robotic process constraints. Due to collaborative nature of the workshop, the participants will iteratively learn simulation-based feedback design method and develop novel techniques as part of the workshop. The challenges faced in collaborative working, filtering and transferring selective data, manipulation of data will be investigated in the workshop.


[  ] Keywords 

#Robotics# AdvancedFabrication #ComputationalTechniques #RoboticFabrication #DigitalFabrication

[  ] Workshop Duration & Type

Duration: 2 DAYS // 6 Hours on all 2 days

Type: Interactive Tutorial Workshop


[  ] Detailed Schedule


Introduction to Robotics in Fabrication & Architecture, Type of processes, building your robotic tool-kit in Grasshopper3D, Installation of Speckle for collaboration, Demonstration of 3D Printing (using robotic arm in a digital environment).



Development of processes and actions using Robotic arm (in Grasshopper3D), creating feed-back system, optimization process, and animations.

[  ] Tutor Details

Pradeep Devadass is an architect and roboteer. He specialises in bridging the gap between architectural design and robotic construction. He currently teaches robotics at the Bartlett, UCL. He has previously taught at the Architectural Association (UK) and RWTH (Germany). Prior to teaching he has worked with Archi-Union (China) & RSP (India) as an architect. He is one of few recipients to receive the prestigious MAK-Schindler Residency Program Award (USA) awarded to emerging artists and architects, internationally. He has been certified by Knowledge Transfer Partnership (Innovate UK) as a global leader in computational design, construction, innovation and teaching. He has played the key role in developing Architectural Association School of Architecture's First Robotic Lab. He earned his Master of Architecture degree in Emergent Technologies & Design from Architectural Association, London in 2013.


Sushant Jai-Amita Verma is a Design Entrepreneur, Architect, Computational Designer & Educator, currently leading rat[LAB] Studio (Research in Architecture and Technology) ( that investigates intersections of design, art & technology through architecture, interior design and art installations. He holds a Masters Degree in Emergent Technologies & Design from Architectural Association, London and is a former architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, London & a Sr. Editor at Arch2O. He is the founder of rat[LAB]EDUCATION, which is an initiative to spread the idea of computation in design through independently-organized design workshops for profession and academia.


[  ] Max Participants allowed


[  ] List of FAQ

Q1 Who is the workshop for?

A1 The workshop is for anyone wanting to learn more about advancements in Digital Fabrication through Robotics. Anyone interested to learn about the in-depth of robotic fabrications and its potential in research and design domain, can attend the workshop to learn insights from one of the leading architectural roboteer.


Q2 What will I learn?

A2 You would learn the process of creating your robotic tool-path in Grasshopper3D and to control that in a parametric workflow using Grasshopper3D and advanced plug-ins. You would also understand the constraints and potentials of the process to learn optimization of geometry & design based on feedback from a robotic system. You would also learn to use Speckle which allows cloud-based collaboration across multiple locations which can further be utilized for any parametric process in Grasshopper3D.


Q3 I dont have a Robot? Is it still useful?

A3 Yes. The workshop would give you an insight into the process in-depth to allow you to digitally control a robotic arm. The same can be tested and tried at any time later once you have an access.


Q4 I don't understand advaced technologies. Can I still attend?

A4 You must have basic understanding of Grasshopper3D to make the best out of the workshop. But even if you do not have enough understanding of advanced technologies, this can be a good starting point for you to delve into the future of robotic construction and fabrication.


[  ] Recording Provided?

Partial Recording would be provided to safeguard workshop content by tutor

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