February 2013, Robotic Conversations

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Robotic Conversations
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Robotic Conversations
Robotic Conversations

Robotic Conversations, IAAC + FabLab Barcelona, ES, 2013
RS Digital Tectonics/Fabrication Ecologies, 3D robotic light painting, KUKA KR 150-2

team: peter malaga, fran castillo, yogesh karekar, priyanka narula
supervisor: claudia pasquero, marco poletto assistant: alexandre dubor

The aim of the project was to develop and test communication protocols to control and manipulate the behavior of a large industrial robot. Since 6-axis machines such as the one in the IAAC Fab Lab are directly inherited from the mass production of cars and other industrial products, the first focus of our research has been devoted to developing alternative protocols of robotic fabrication that would afford a more direct interaction between machine and designer, as well as machine and the surrounding environment; these protocols will lead to the engineering of mass customized productions.

3D robotic light painting
Our first experimental set up was the following:
-The robot was controlled via Grasshopper, through the use of the KUKA | prc plug-in (from association for robots in architecture) for Grasshopper and Rhino. We did draw a series of parametric lines that would become the tool paths for the robot.
-A video simulation with the virtual robot in Grasshopper was performed by to understand the behaviour of the machine along the path and amend eventual errors; the video would allow also the testing of multiple path parameters and robot behavioural options.
-The tool mounted on the robot contained 1 fixed LED light and 2 or 4 blinking ones; the blinking was also controlled via Grasshopper and related to the robotic arm path.
-A camera was positioned in front of the robot and its exposure tuned to the particular lighting conditions and the length in time of the tool path. Such configuration allowed capturing the ephemeral lighting traces left by the robotic arm movements. The robotic behaviour is therefore translated into a 3D robotic light painting.