Robotic Mark Making

-computational design,-fabrication,-robotic fabrication | - online workshop | -English


Required Skills: Basic knowledge of Rhinoceros and Grasshopper

Required Software: Rhinoceros v.6 or later + Grasshopper. Kuka|Prc will be provided by the instructors.

Required Hardware: PC
Maximum number of participating students: 100

When we learned to paint we had to understand how to hold the brush, test the pressure against the resulting brush strokes, and build confidence in the dexterity of our gestures. This workshop called “Robotic Mark Making” traces our process of re-learning to paint but this time using a retired automotive welding robot as an extension of our hands. Our proposal seeks the productive confluence between an old form of analog expression and the opportunities afforded by new digital technologies.  Students enrolled in the workshop will produce a series of parametric digital drawings that will be implemented in the physical world by a 6-axis robotic arm. The live sessions will be composed of an introductory lecture, software and hardware demos, reviews of the work, and discussions. The resulting physical drawings will be a documentation of the various attempts, iterations, parameters, and variables against the circumstances of the pen, paper, humidity, and whim of the designers.  The workshop will culminate in an exhibition of robo-drawings at Lawrence Technological University, College of Architecture and Design.

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timezone: (GMT -5:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima
Start timeEnd timeDescription
2022-06-27 - 08:002022-06-27 - 11:00Monday: introductory lecture, Grasshopper and Kuka|Prc demo n.1, first assignment (3D curves)
2022-06-28 - 08:002022-06-28 - 10:00Tuesday: crit of the work, Grasshopper and Kuka|Prc demo n.2, second assignment (Particle Fields)
2022-06-30 - 08:002022-06-30 - 10:00Thursday: crit of the work, Grasshopper and Kuka|Prc demo n.3, second assignment (Topography Flow Lines)
2022-07-01 - 08:002022-07-01 - 09:00Friday: final review and discussion


Sara Codarin Sara Codarin is a techno-optimist and she loves robots. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Ferrara in Italy where her doctoral research investigated robotic manufacturing for the conservation of Cultural Heritage. She spent an academic year as a visiting scholar at the College of Architecture and Design of Lawrence Technological University to develop an experimental application of her research. Her experiments simulated on-site robo-fabrication processes to produce customized units for the recovery of damaged buildings. She publishes her work consistently and serves as a reviewer for international conferences and journals. Her research themes resonate in her courses, which span from studio work to software labs, eco issues seminars, and digital (robo) fabrication courses.
Karl Daubmann Daubmann Karl Daubmann is an architect at the forefront of digital design. He is Dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University. His teaching areas include design, digital design, robotic fabrication, construction, leadership, and multidisciplinary design. His design practice DAUB (design, architecture, urbanism, building) focuses on expanding the relationship between design, technology, and practice. Daubmann is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Between 2010 and 2014 Daubmann was the Vice President of Design and Creative Director for Blu Homes where he led a multidisciplinary team that developed prefab housing.

All workshops will accept 100 applications MAX.