Research Images As Art 2014/15 Gallery

Clay Robotics

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Mr Kelvin Ho, Bartlett School of Architecture

Clay Robotics is a proposed digital fabrication system that combines existing concrete casting techniques with 3D-printed clay moulds through the use of six-axis industrial robotic arms. It is a speculative approach on using clay as a sustainable, efficient and low-cost casting mould material. The objective of this research is to develop a viable large-scale casting technique that is potentially more sustainable, and efficient than traditional construction.

This is a photograph of a clay mould, which can be printed and shaped to allow for free-form casting of complex geometries. The clay mould could easily be removed, either by peeling or by softening in water, even in the most inaccessible spaces.  This alleviates the issues of formwork removal in conventional construction, as it could be removed in any direction.  The same clay used in the process can be reused after removal, forming a closed-loop process.


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